Hello all. First time poster, here. Based on feedback I've seen in this forum, I recently bought a Celestron SE8 and am hoping some of you more seasoned stargazers can help me avoid mistakes as I branch out with accessories. I use my telescope primarily in my backyard, which has a lot of light pollution (DC Suburbs) where I mostly just focus on moon and planet viewing. Approximately twice a year I get out to some true dark skies, and would like to have some "toys" for deep-sky viewing, but cannot justify investing too heavily.
Since buying the scope I have purchased a Baader Zoom Mark IV, and an Orion Shorty 2 Barlow. My addition "wish list" includes the following. I would love to hear advice on specific brands or suggested additions/subtractions:
- Better viewfinder: The stock one stinks. Consensus seems to be a Telrad for the SE8.
- A 32mm Plossl: For the few times a year when I have the skies to do some deep space (or possibly moon viewing) and the 24mm on the Zoom isn't cutting it. The Meade Super 4000 seems to be quality enough for an amateur like me, unless folks have other advise. Consensus on these forums seems to be that a Baader Zoom plus a 32mm plossl should cover nearly everything someone like me would want to do.
- New Star Diagonal? Some have said that the stock Celestron is lacking. I think I want to keep it at 1 1/4 inch. Should someone like me be worried about upgrading the star diagonal, or does my use not justify the spend?
- Filters? Was thinking about
a) Light pollution filter for my backyard. Any advice appreciated
b) Moon filter
c) Any other filters that would be recommended for Saturn or Jupiter (likely in conjunction with the light pollution filter)
d) Any "must have" filters recommend for when I venture out to deep sky?
- Anything else?
Thank you, and clear skies!