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130slt: What EPs should I consider buying?

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#1 Bob_B

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:07 PM

Ok. I fully admit to being hooked. I bought my 130SLT less than a month ago, and I'm already thinking about buying new accessories, specifically eyepieces and filters. With so many choices, I'd appreciate your opinions on which ones are the best value.

Thanks!

Bob

#2 Dave L

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:21 PM

Buy 2" eyepieces. You will definitely enjoy the views.

#3 Bob_B

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:26 AM

Thanks. Is that because 2" EPs gather more light?

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:19 PM

I bought a full set of GTO 1 1/4" eyepieces for my 130GT from Hands On Optics, 32, 25, 15, 9, 6, & 4. I've used them all depending on steadiness. My favorites are the 32mm and 9mm. The 6mm and 4mm are good for up-close planets, but the sky better be still.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

I found that the 9mm wasn't giving me the clarity and zoom I wanted to look at the planets and the Moon... I went to a shop, took my 9mm with me and compared with a range of EPs... everything from Celestron's mid range EPs to Hyperions, Pentax and TeleVues. I was blown away at the difference, but there was a point where spending more didn't really get me more.
I ended up picking up a used TeleVue 6mm Radian, at $130, it was the best value for the quality (which is awesome, BTW).

I think that I might stick with Televue and maybe Pentax if I can find more of them used, because they are not only amazing optics, but used they are right at the perfect price/performance level for me.

#6 Bob_B

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:06 PM

Thanks WesC.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:49 PM

I would definitely say 2" on EP and diagonal. 35mm, 18-20mm, then 8-10mm. Buy limited quality not quantity :cool: learn from others errors. 3 pieces in that range should suffice all your needs till you discover AP, LOL :jump: then it will be camera equip...
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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:58 AM

I bought a full set of GTO 1 1/4" eyepieces for my 130GT from Hands On Optic...

Brian


Thanks. Hands On Optics isn't all that far from me, so I may take a trip to their store and see what they have in used EPs.






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