My 2 cents:
Last night I spent four and a half hours hunting down faint galaxies and globulars with my 16 inch F/4.4. I was using my Paracorr 2 but I've don't always use it
I was using my set of Astro-Tech Paradigms, 60 degree, $60 eyepiece's. The 12 mm was a favorite focal length for galaxies though sometimes I used the 18 mm with a 2X Barlow. The views were good. The entire set cost $300 though three were demos..
The night before, same scope, same Paracorr 2, this time i was using my set of Naglers, Ethos, and Panoptics. Each eyepiece new costs more than the entire set of Paradigms. There's about $5000 invested and nearly all were bought used.
In the fancy set, the views are more perfect, the fields wider to much wider
but I essentially saw the same details in both the Paradigms and the TeleVues. I did some comparisons on the Siamese twin galaxies. I saw the same details.
I normally use the TeleVues but last night the Paradigms were in the eyepiece racks of my 80 mm refractor and I just started out with the Paradigms and over the course of evening, I never felt the need to switch over even though it would have taken no more than two minutes.
My point is that everyone is recommending eyepiece's costing hundreds of dollars and no doubt such eyepiece's are nice. But less expensive eyepieces can also do a good job viewing galaxies, nebulelae, clusters, the planets..
Edited by Jon Isaacs, 21 May 2020 - 09:20 AM.