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#1 Ken6657

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:48 AM

Hello all
I love this site and being a newbie I have learned more here than in my other reading. I have a Celestron Omni xlt 102 ( which I love) and have seen different comments on eyepieces that say some eyepieces work better for short or fast focal lengths. Mine is 1000mm and was just wondering if someone would have recommendations for this particular scope. I know that this is a general question but all the advertising just overwhelms me. I would rather spend a little more for eyepieces that will serve well than buy less to have more eyepieces. Any input would be welcome. Thank you
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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

Which eyepieces do you already have, Ken?

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

Actually, the ES82 from 6.7 thru 18mm work well, as does the 20 & 24mm 68*. The 102XLT is one of the best achromat deals out there. With tracking, it also allows you to use orthos & other narrower view eyepieces.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:08 PM

I have aMeade 24mm Plossil and a 32mm Plossil also a 10mm Huygens. THEY CAME WITH ANOTHER SCOPE I repaired.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

I am currently adding a Autostar 497 to The CG-4 mount and it is progressing nicely.

#6 Ken6657

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:12 PM

I am a better process control tinkerer than astronomer right now but hope to change that.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:37 PM

f/9.8 is fairly forgiving. The Meade 24 must be a 25 or a smoothie. If you're Daddy Warbucks go for TVs. If you are in the lower 80% used Meade Series 5000 5 Element Plossls are great eyepiece with easy on the pocketbook prices. If their 60° FOV isn't enough try the ESs or their cousins the Meade Series 5000 Super Wides.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:56 PM

I don't have XLT102. But in general I buy my EPs from Agena Astro. I have several of their Wide Angle EPs. Very Happy. Excellent quality and service and very cost effective. Don't waste your money on Televue and other premium Eps especially for a long focal length refractor like yours.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:06 PM

The two Plossls are useful and have your low magnifications covered. Something like a 12 mm and a 6 or 7 mm would be my choice for expanding the line. Avoid eyepieces with short eye relief in these focal lengths, like Plossls and orthos.

Celestron X-Cel LX come in 7mm and 12mm. Meade HD60 come in 6.5 and 12. Zhumel Planetary in 6 and 12.5 are another option. There are others.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:33 PM

Hi Ken-

Welcome to CN! :grin:

f/9.8 is fairly forgiving. The Meade 24 must be a 25 or a smoothie. If you're Daddy Warbucks go for TVs. If you are in the lower 80% used Meade Series 5000 5 Element Plossls are great eyepiece with easy on the pocketbook prices. If their 60° FOV isn't enough try the ESs or their cousins the Meade Series 5000 Super Wides.

This sounds good to me.... only thing i'd add is that the "Super-Wide" or "SWA" type EPs (eyepieces), at 68* field, are nearly the same price as the "Ultra-Wide" or "UWA" types, having 82* fields. I'd consider those, as well, if not in lieu of the SWA's.

One ES brand UWA i hear a lot of good about (haven't tried personally ;)) is the 11mm, and its 11mm FL is near 'bout 1mm exit-pupil in your F10 scope- a very nice spot to be for views! The 8.8mm is also a very nice EP.

I am currently adding a Autostar 497 to The CG-4 mount and it is progressing nicely.


Schweet! Let us know how that goes. Pix, please! :cool:

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:53 PM

Ken, I have the Omni XLT 102 same as you. I use Baader Hyperion eyepieces in mine and they seem to do a pretty good job in it. The f/9.8 focal length is a little more forgiving with some eyepieces than the shorter focal lengths. The other night viewing Mars I was using 250x (8mm + 2x Celestron Ultima Barlow) and the image was holding up just fine showing decent details on Mars. I also enjoy the 20mm of eye relief too. If you can afford higher quality then I would consider the TV Delos line. If not then then Hyperion or ES 68 degree or 82 degree are something to consider.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:18 PM

I thank everyone for your input. It is all very good and much better to me to have a personnel recommendation over an advertisement. I will add a picture when I install my new drive gearing for the CG-4 as the original worked but the motors (DS) were to close for comfort. Again Thanks! :jump:

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:27 PM

Hi
Thanks for the reply. I had been looking at the Baeder line of eyepieces and they have some interesting designs. I am thinking of the cpl lenses that can be easily modified to become lenses for camera(point and shoot) as that seems like a good value. \Do you have any experience with these? Thanks
Ken

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:32 AM

I use the Zhumell Z-Series 1.25 Eyepieces with my SCT's and Reflector. Outstanding eyepieces! Great color correction, good FOV and you can wear eye glasses with them as well! And the images are clear and sharp edge to edge! Take a look at them...I'm happy I did!

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:35 AM

I just purchased a Zhumell eyepiece on sale for $44. The list price was over $100.






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