Best eyepiece for excellent viewing conditions?
Posted 02 July 2014 - 07:45 PM
I have a Questar 3.5 with the two standard eyepieces. I've been spending some time in the Rockies at 10,000 feet or more, with superb viewing, and I'm thinking I might be able to push the magnification a bit on planets. What are your recommendations?
Posted 02 July 2014 - 08:16 PM
Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:25 PM
If you're using the two standard eyepieces with the Q (and I assume its built-in Barlow) then your current highest power (with the 16mm Brandon) should be 128x. The next logical step up from that would be 160x with an 8mm eyepiece and from my experience with that scope and power I would recommend it.
However, on many night of the year I find the seeing condition to be too unsteady to use 160x so I'll use 128x or 107x depending on the conditions) instead. Over the past year or so I've been using 12-10-8mm Radians with the Q to get these powers (and without having to use the Barlow) and I've been quite pleased with them. They're not super large of heavy like the Ethos eyepieces and but they still have a significantly wider field than the Brandon's and much more eye relief.
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