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82* Eyepiece Focal Length Recommendations and Brands/Models

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#1 sam1481

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 02:39 PM

Hello. I have a 6" Orion Classic Dobsonian F8 with a 1.25" Focuser. I am looking to upgrade from my starter Plossl eyepieces to something 82 degree afov. Which focal lengths are preferred to view planets and galaxies? In my cheap Svbony 62* aspheric starter set I have 23mm, 10mm and 4mm. They were ok for a few weeks but its time to move forward. I like the 10mm and the 4mm size views that I get, but the 23mm that I have produces very small images. Is it just because of the low quality of my cheap chinese plossl set? I was looking at the 82 degree Meade 5000 Series UWA 14mm and 5.5mm eyepieces and also the Celestron Luminos 15mm and 7mm. I have never used anything besides my current cheap set so I really have nothing to base my next purchase on besides online reviews which don't really help that much because you have people on different levels of observing reviewing them. To one person the Celestron Luminos is Great and to another person it is a throw away eyepiece. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:47 PM

The Meade would be a better option to go with over the Luminos. They’ll be better corrected in case you ever decide to add another scope down the line with a faster F ratio. They’re well regarded by many that have used them. 


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:00 PM

Can't go wrong with Explore Scientific, especially at faster F ratios as mentioned. Buy them here on the classifieds. Don't doubt the 68* series too; they are quite nice for the money.


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:56 PM

The 14 has some field curvature from what I hear. Not a lemon by any means but generally considered the weakest in the series. The ES 11mm 82 would provide optimal magnification for smaller DSO like galaxies and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, etc. If your skies are dark and collimation good you might be able to use the 5.5 on some of those on a good night.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:18 PM

I ended up going with the Explore Scientific 82 degree EP's. Thanks for the information from those that replied!


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:39 PM

Good choice.  I have enjoyed mine and I keep adding. 


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 10:24 AM

The ES eyepieces are excellent and a great choice. That Meade 5.5 may just be something you want

to pick up eventually anyway because it is one great eyepiece in a focal length that doesn't come in the 

ES 82's.


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