I purchased a celestron Evo8 about 9 months ago (came with the celestron 1.25 lens kit) and my kids and I have been having a great time looking at planets, the moon and some star cluster in our fairly light polluted backyard in San Jose. We also get some viewing time in the sierras where the skys are much darker. We also learned how to collimate the scope which greatly improved our planetary viewing.
For reference i also have
- ZWO 224mc camera
- Baader moon-glow and light pollution filter
I am looking to upgrade my setup a little and i am looking for advice on what the next step would be from here. I am torn between the following. I figure i have a few 100$ budget for Christmas
- Baader Zoom so i don't have the swap eye pieces as often and give the kids the wow factor of zooming in a splitting stars and zooming in on moon features and the planets. Is this zoom image quality better than the kit eyepieces i got with the scope?
- Celestron Starsense. I feel i waste a lot of time aligning the scope with the Skysafari app and having it fail. the red dot pointer is mostly useless in my opinion
- a dielectric Diagonal with a clicklock? I dont like the feel of the current diagonal and optical back. I feel like things are going to fall off
- A better barlow (for imaging planets). the kit one seems to lose a lot of light and also blur out the images a bit. my kids like imaging but i feel the optics are holding us back a little. (i will post further info and some pics in the imaging forum on this question)
- Anything else people recommend?
Thanks in advance you your advice.