Joanie,Need Help with Selection of New Eyepieces
Sometime around March 2009, I purchased my a telescope
It was the Sky Watcher 10 Inch Dobsonian Telescope
S11720 with the Celestron Telescope
Eyepiece - Filter Accessory Kit – 94303.
(My first one was from a hobby store that cost about $80 in February 2009.)
I have been very satisfied with my telescope
and never looked back.
The customer service by the way was awesome since the tube was smashed and Skywatcher and Optics took care of me.
It felt great the customer was put back into the equation of customer service and I will never go anywhere else for my supplies
(BTW, if you remember the username, I apologize for my "excitement" within two weeks of learning telescopes
- at least the excel linkert scale I used was pretty good - just wish I would have only posted that and please accept my apology.)
One of the reasons I purchased the Sky Watcher 10 Inch Dob - was due to - wanting the largest aperture possible with a willingness to sacrifice convenience in order to stay on budget since I did not know anything about telescopes
I have moved to the next phase and need advice (pros & cons) for eyepieces.
The budget I have is around $300 for eyepiece(s) and there are many choices to make.
I know a lot of it is factored around preferences.
I am 41 years old, wear glasses (stigmatism), and never cared about bells and whistles with a focus on quality; but I might add, I prefer viewing through the telescope
without my glasses.
For some reason (could it be due to having a stigmatism and not wearing my glasses?), I have preferred viewing the moon, planets, and the stars between the ranges of 15mm to 32mm with total comfort zone hovering around 20mm.
Here are the choices I see, but there may be others:Celestron
2" Eyepiece and Filter Kit 94305: This would provide a well rounded range combined with the original Celestron
offering from 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 15mm, and 32mm to 26mm, 32mm, 40mm. Pro: A great range. Con: I think I am ready to move higher performing eyepiece. However, I must say, after viewing from the $80 telescope
and its 20mm eyepiece and putting in the Celestron
1.25 inch eyepieces, the first word/phrase was OMG; and then, I chastised myself for saying it. Meade
Series 4000 Eyepiece & Filter Set 07169: This would provide another good range from the original 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 15mm, and 32mm to 6.4mm, 9.7mm, 12.4mm, 15mm, 32mm, and 40mm. Pro: A great range (and maybe slightly better quality?). Con: Slight overlap.Meade
Series 5000 5-Element Plossl Eyepiece Set 07673: This would provide another good range from the original 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 15mm, and 32mm to 5.5mm, 14mm, 20mm, and 32mm. Pro: Step up in quality. Con: Slight overlap.Meade
2.00'' Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece 24mm: This is around the magnification of my preference and the FOV of 82 degrees. Pro: Good quality with a great FOV Con: Is there one? Oh yeah, I will probably use this eyepiece, sale my soul, and never look back except for the fact at being new at this and wondering if it is worth sacrificing the other magnifications.Meade
1.25'' Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece 6.7mm & Meade
1.25'' Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece 14mm: Same price around $300 and two for one compared to the Meade
2.00'' Series 5000 Ultra Wide Angle Eyepiece 24mm. Admittedly, I do not know what I gain from jumping from 1.25 to 2.00 and it is slightly out of my known comfort zone per say; but hey, the better the eyepiece, the more you see and maybe it would offset.TeleVue
Panoptic 27.0mm Eyepiece EPO-27: Due to the price, I would assume TeleVue
is excellent quality for around $300; but is the quality good enough to quail the lust for one of the selections above with a 82 degree FOV to 68 degree FOV?Vixen
LV 30mm Eyepiece 3759: Basically, the same comment listed for the TeleVue
I hope you understand the dilemma that I am having since I am still new and I am very pragmatic person where quality is important; but, there is always a performance/price ratio to consider.
If you had purchased the Sky Watcher 10 Inch Dobsonian Telescope
S11720 with the Celestron Telescope
Eyepiece - Filter Accessory Kit – 94303 about six months ago and within your first year, what choice would you make?
BTW, I will weigh your response carefully, but still consider all angles and hopefully make the correct choice like last time.