So after reading this thread I ordered 68^ Svbony 15 & 9mm ep's with (stated) 17mm eye relief and a Svbony 2X barlow with brass compression ring today for a total of $92.90 shipped.
I don't have the budget for high $ ep's although I'm sure the views are so much better than the budget oriented lines but it could be my one good eyeball is probably only good up to about 100 bucks worth of quality (ha).
There have been some comments on this thread by some members who I like to follow for advice and ideas that have some mighty fine equipment but didn't tend to degrade the budget items and at the same time offering alternatives to the high priced stuff. I sometimes google members listed pieces or advised pieces of gear for info and future reference if I ever hit a lottery. Hence my decision to try the Svbony line. If it works out, great. If not then I'm still not homeless and if one gets dropped on the driveway its $35, not $350.
Sometimes reading these forums likens some of us astro-buffs to pawns on an island of kings or the guy who walks in a Ferrari store with a bicycle budget. I'm a simple guy who doesn't understand all the technical jargon that tends to permeate every aspect of this hobby and I don't really want to. I'm sure it helps those who understand it and that's a good thing but it is just a hobby to me, not college physics. I just want to see stuff way out there through a simple xt8 I bought used with the few pieces I got with it and the new gadgets when they get here.