I know I made a thread about a year or two ago asking for recommendations between the 30 ES 82 and 30 APM UFF for my scope at the time which was an Orion 10" F/4.7 dob. I enjoyed the ES 30 mm 82, but I no longer have that scope, or the eyepiece.
I have recently went on a scope purchasing spree, and now have two pretty fast scopes, both of which will be manual dobs:
12.5" F/4.8 Discovery Dobsonian
10.0" F/4.5 Custom Newtonian (will be building a Dobsonian base for this)
I am now working on building up my eyepiece kit, and after some homework I have come up with the following plan:
Lowest Power Widefield (30 ES 82, 30 APM UFF, 30 XW, 35 Panoptic, ES 34 mm 68)
22 Nagler T4
12.5 Morpheus (currently owned)
5 Nagler T6 or 5 XW
This plan may change depending on what deals come up on the used market, but I will be following it pretty close. The 31 Nagler T5 is above the budget (unless I forget about the 22 Nagler T4 and just go with a 30 mm class eyepiece). I have owned the 22 Nagler T4 and I know it is one of my favorite all time eyepieces. It also provides a very nice 70x power (50x below the 120x provided by the 12.5 mm Morpheus), and will probably be used a lot in my scope, so I am a bit hesitant to skip this to help fund the 31 Nagler. Another cost friendly option would be to skip the 22 Nagler and just go with a 27 Panoptic for my wide field and next step from 12.5 mm.
The 30 XW is a newer offering in this price range since it was just re-introduced, and I know they make very good eyepieces. A 30 mm exit pupil will be just above 6 mm, but the 34 and 35 mm focal lengths would push be above 7 mm until I eventually add a Paracorr. The 30 APM UFF also gets great reviews and is very budget friendly. If I go with 30 mm 70 degree, the 22 Nagler T4 may not make sense due to the small TFOV difference. How do they compare in fast scopes? The ES 30 82 would give me a nice exit pupil and largest TFOV and could complement a 22 Nagler well even though the magnification difference is only 20x. Which would you chose in this price range, and why?
Edited by jakecru, 28 February 2020 - 01:02 PM.