Curious what you all use as far as an eyepiece for pushing the limit of your ED80's. I have the Vixen ED80SF f/7.5 which seems to love my Vixen 8-24 Zoom with Orion Shorty Plus barlow. I was out the other night and felt like I could do even more with the scope but not sure how much more. Might of just been a rare clear night. I don't know, but the other night splitting doubles I felt like my little scope could of handled more than what my zoom and barlow was throwing at it. Haven't had much time yet with the ED80.
Would you all just let it be with my current zoom and 2x barlow or consider getting a dedicated EP in 3mm - 4.5mm range? I realize a 4mm EP would be the same as my barlowed zoom, but adding that 2x the barlow in front of a dedicated 4mm EP could give me even more uuuumph. I'm willing to test with something like an ES52 or an Starguider Dual ED where I wont be out an arm and a leg. My 5" Mak would never use this EP, so it would be dedicated to the ED80 only. Just wanted your thoughts.