I live in the Chicago suburbs (**** you light pollution) and somewhat rarely get out to darker sites with my scope. I currently only have the 10mm and 25mm plossl EPs that came with the Skywatcher 8" collapsible dob.
I mostly enjoy looking at the moon and planets, but would also love to improve DSO viewing if possible. I'm fairly intrigued by the idea the spacewalk-like experience reports from these wide FOV EPs, but not sure if they make sense for my scope and polluted skies (though it's always possible I upgrade scope and/or move eventually).
What first couple eyepieces would you recommend for my setup/situation? Thanks in advance.
To view the brighter deepsky objects, I would consider contrast. To get the sky background dark enough in a suburban setting, I would not go much beyond 3mm of exit pupil (18-20mm). Your low power eyepiece provides just over 4mm. The next step up would be about 2mm of exit pupil (12-13mm). For deepsky, you also want a wider field in an eyepiece that can handle f6.
For the longer focal length, I would recommend the Hyperian 17mm, the ES68 20mm, the Delite 18mm, and the Panoptic 19mm. They are listed by increasing price.
For the shorter, I would recommend the Starguider ED/Paradigm 12mm, the BST Flat Field 12mm, and the Delite 13mm. Again in order of increasing price.
None of these are super wide angles, but they are wide, comfortable, and at least somewhat reasonable. Even the cheaper ones mentioned will work well at f6.
Edited by Peter Besenbruch, 15 August 2020 - 04:13 PM.