Just got my new scope today (kinda my first real scope - been using binocs and a plastic educational toy scope up ‘till now), but as there was an issue with the mount and the replacement mount won’t arrive for some days, I have some time to prepare the last piece of the puzzle for my new hobby - eyepieces! The only eyepieces I have at this point are a 2” LET 28mm eyepiece that came included with the 100 ED scope and and a 1.25" 7mm-21mm Svbony zoom. Additionally, I bought an unbranded 2x Barlow that Sky-Watcher sells when I ordered the scope. Since I’ll have at least until next weekend for first light, does anyone have any recommendations for an eyepiece or two that I should pick up so I can have a positive experience with my first few viewing sessions?
I live in a pretty light polluted area with lots of streetlight glare (ugh). My main objective (the thing that made me pull the trigger on this expensive-for-me telescope) is to view Mars at this opposition, with other planetary views being next down on my list in terms of priorities. Besides wanting to see the polar ice cap and surface markings on Mars, I hope to clearly see the cloud bands on Jupiter (and the Great Red Spot, if possible), the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings, Saturn’s moon Titan, and the planets Uranus and Neptune.
After that target-wise would be Pleiades (pretty different than a planet, I know, but it’s coming into the evening sky now), and, if I stay up late (and then certainly in the weeks/months to come), the Orion Nebula. A biggie on my wish list that I’d love to catch a view of is the Triangulum Galaxy (which I’ve never seen, though I’ve looked for it many times with binoculars), if local conditions would allow. Finally, I’d like to be able to see a bright globular cluster or two if possible, as well as a planetary nebula or two maybe. Some nebulae over in Sagittarius could be cool if the associated tripod arrives in the mail soon enough...
So, basically everything, lol. But the most immediate concern is Mars.
Budget is mid-level. I’m not gonna go with Televue or Pentax or such at this point (I’m just starting out), but I’m not interested in cheap Plossls or Kellners with internal reflections, narrow field of view and poor eye-relief either. From looking online, I was thinking of something along the lines of like an Celestron X-cel LX or Orion Expanse, but it definitely doesn’t have to be either of those specific brands or models; I’m just talking in terms of my general budget area for an eyepiece or two with decent field of view and eye relief that would complement my 1.25" Svbony zoom and possibly the included 28mm LET 2" Kellner to give me a great view of Mars, and maybe a second eyepiece for wider non-planetary targets. Any suggestions will be appreciated! Most Sky-Watcher and Celestron stuff (plus some others) could be picked up at local stores, so that could be cool. No local Orion dealer, unfortunately, but mail order is hardly impossible
Edited by therealdmt, 19 September 2020 - 06:59 AM.