I would echo the comments about considering Tele Vue. I am starting to upgrade my eyepieces,
and since I've decided I'm going to stick with the hobby, I may as well buy equipment I can use
for the rest of my life. A couple of nice things about Tele Vue is that the peformance actually
matches what they say their specs are, and their eyepiece lines are logically arranged in different
focal lengths, FOV's etc. You can go look at the chart on their website and with a little
experience you know how all of the individual eyepieces fit.
- If you use a spreadsheet, download Don Pensack's 2020 eyepiece spreadsheet from the
pinned post at the top of the Eyepiece Forum. Incredibly useful.
- Read some of the eyepiece essays on Televue's site. Al Nagler points out how you can
have a great set with 3 eyepieces. He's probably right, especially for one scope.
- There are some other good essays on buying a "set" of appropriate focal lengths. I know
Don Pensack has another essay on that in the Eyepiece Forum, but I don't have a link.
The challenge I have with a number of companies who "re-brand" eyepieces made
by others is that I don't really know what goes with what. They may be perfectly
good products, but all of a sudden I am going from a long-eye-relieve 50-deg
"planetary" to a totally different wide-field of view from another manufacturer.
I'd rather have a few nice things that I understand how to use, and logically fit
with one another in terms of magnification, FOV etc. that I'll keep forever rather
than a bunch of very different products from various sources. Given how many
used eyepieces are on the classifieds, it seems a lot of people feel differently,
because they buy and sell various eyepieces, sometimes the same one
more than once. Nothing wrong with that, but personally, I just want to
buy once and concentrate on other things.
There may be other good lines. E.g. Explore Scientific has various FOV eyepiece
families that seem to be logically arranged. That might be a good choice, but
I don't know as much about every brand as some others on Cloudy Nights.
Tele Vue isn't cheap, but to me, it's worth it.
Edited by rexowner, 10 July 2020 - 08:55 AM.