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#1 drabina

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:37 PM

I got the AT72ED telescope and need to get 1.25" diagonal, barlow and I was thinking of going with a zoom eyepiece for now. Budget-wise, I am looking at either Celestron or Meade 4000 zoom pieces at around $65 each (not the better and highly recommended Baader piece at $290). Same with the diagonal and barlow. Something decent but not too expensive. I do not want the whole accessories setup to exceed the price of the scope. Any recommendations?

 

Can I go with short barrel barrow or long one is better? I am building a grab and go setup so every ounce or inch matters.


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:56 PM

I have a couple of similar telescopes (66/400, 55/300) and my feeling is that the typical 8-24 zoom is not the best option for them: are somewhat bulky, and most focals are of very little interest.

At f/6, you can reach easily very large exit pupils, and with focals in the low 400mm huge fields, so IME super/ultrawideangle eyepieces can be really rewarding.

 

For my travel setup I usually set on 3-4 eyepieces, and a Barlow lens: if are fine with their 50° afovs, Baader Classic Orthos are very, very nice (these are my main travel set due to very low weight and good performances).

They have also a 2.25x/1.3x Barlow (which I do not have but am thinking to add because it would give more interesting results than my current 2x or 3x ones).

I usually add also a 32mm Plossl for gorgeous, very bright views with nebular filters


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#3 SeattleScott

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:58 PM

Getting a 72ED and using a Meade Zoom as the wide field eyepiece would almost be criminal. Get a 32 Plossl also. So a 32 Plossl, either the Meade or Celestron Zoom since they are identical, and a 2x shorty barlow. For the diagonal, dielectric is a little brighter and lower maintenance, but enhanced aluminum is cheaper. Prism is an option too above F7.

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 03:14 PM

Are you considering a red-dot finder?



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 03:20 PM

Are you considering a red-dot finder?

I thought a 72mm refractor is a finderscope 😛

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 03:33 PM

I thought a 72mm refractor is a finderscope

Have you observed the Carina Nebula with any scopes in your signature? tongue2.gif



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 05:11 PM

Ok got me there! Someday I want to take my Mak to Chile but hasn’t happened yet.

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 10:01 AM

I have a couple of similar telescopes (66/400, 55/300) and my feeling is that the typical 8-24 zoom is not the best option for them: are somewhat bulky, and most focals are of very little interest.

At f/6, you can reach easily very large exit pupils, and with focals in the low 400mm huge fields, so IME super/ultrawideangle eyepieces can be really rewarding.

 

For my travel setup I usually set on 3-4 eyepieces, and a Barlow lens: if are fine with their 50° afovs, Baader Classic Orthos are very, very nice (these are my main travel set due to very low weight and good performances).

They have also a 2.25x/1.3x Barlow (which I do not have but am thinking to add because it would give more interesting results than my current 2x or 3x ones).

I usually add also a 32mm Plossl for gorgeous, very bright views with nebular filters

 

I have the Meade zoom and yes, it is kinda bulky... 

 

I've ended up using mainly:

Orion 10mm & 20mm MA pack-ins for Skyscanner 100

Meade 26mm MA pack-in for Infinity 80

Meade 32mm Super Plossl

Meade 2x and 3x shorty barlows.

 

These are good for the money on these inexpensive scopes, Infinity 80, C90, Adventure Scope 60, and Sky Scanner 100.

 

Mainly viewing the few objects in Chicago: Saturn, Jupiter, Moon...


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Posted 14 September 2019 - 09:35 PM

I have the Celestron zoom and like it very much.  It is the same as the Meade so pick either one.   I also have the Baader Hyperion Zoom which I love. 

 

I agree that a 32 mm Plossl is what you want for your low power wide view if you are restricted to 1.25".



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Posted 15 September 2019 - 01:50 AM

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 09:57 AM

I have the Meade zoom for my ETX-80. I love it. Matched with a 3x Barlow, it gives me nearly the full useable magnification range of my scope (from 16x-150x). For lower mag/wider views, I use my Nikon Aculon 10x42 binoculars. It makes for a very compact grab-and-go observing kit.

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 06:41 PM

An update: I bought 25mm and 10mm Orion plossl eyepieces to start with. Will also get the barlow but that may come in later. I just have to order diagonal. Most likely, I will be purchasing from BH Photo or Adorama so I can get it next day as the scope and eyepieces are arriving tomorrow.

 

I will see how big or small the diagonal is together with the scope and I may get the zoom eyepiece.



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Posted 15 September 2019 - 07:11 PM

The size/weight of the Meade zoom surprised me. Bigger and heavier than I expected.


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