What is your go to eyepiece for high magnification viewing of the Moon.
As a general observation would it be reasonable to to assume any eyepieces with a good reputation for planetary viewing would be equally of value for the Moon or are there other factors I have not considered?
We have all told you what we use but we didn't address the second part of your question.
I have read a variety of opinions about what constitutes a good planetary and/or moon viewing eyepiece.
- Some say an eyepiece that gives you a 1 mm exit pupil in your scope.
- Some value higher magnifications than that.
- Some prefer a particular type of eyepiece like a Plossl or an Ortho
- And some are focused on wide views for longer drift time in manual scopes.
I don't know that there is any hard and fast rule especially when you take into account that we all have different eyes and perceive things just a little differently.
A consistent theme is that you don't need a wide field of view for planetary observing. Orthos and Plossls are often cited as excellent planetary eyepieces.
I like the zoom because it allows me to find the optimum magnification for this target on this night under the current conditions. Others prefer a range of single FL eyepieces. I would never suggest that one eyepiece is enough to optimize the view as conditions vary from night to night and the conditions are, in my opinion, more important that the optics, but optics are important.
In this short commentary they suggest a magnification of about 180X
A discussion about Planetary eyepieces
Edited by aeajr, 27 December 2017 - 12:12 PM.