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One eyepiece to rule them all?

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#1 Splodger

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 02:52 PM

I’m away from home for the next few months and am working on a solution for lunar observing without breaking the bank. I’ve settled on the Sky-Watcher Skymax 127. I’m now trying to work out the most economical eyepiece setup I can. I’m thinking a 15mm with a 2x or 2.5x Barlow. What do you think?


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:00 PM

How about a Baader 8-24mm zoom?


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:06 PM

How about a Baader 8-24mm zoom?

Would be nice but a bit more than I want to spend. I can get reasonable performance from a BST StarGuider 15mm and 2x Barlow for €49 each. 



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:21 PM

Lunt 7-21 zoom $149


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:22 PM

Here’s what I might expect to see with a 15mm and Barlow

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:26 PM

Lunt 7-21 zoom $149

Very interesting. Certainly a good option. Hassle free. 



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:37 PM

Essentially, I have the same telescope. I can tell you that it does a very nice job on the moon. If you go with the 15mm, I would recommend the 2x Barlow because it gets a bit shakey when you touch the focus at high mags.


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:46 PM

Essentially, I have the same telescope. I can tell you that it does a very nice job on the moon. If you go with the 15mm, I would recommend the 2x Barlow because it gets a bit shakey when you touch the focus at high mags.

Very good to know. I was thinking that the 2.5x Barlow giving 250x might be too much, even with a cloths peg focuser :) 


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 07:08 PM

BTW the BST Starglider EP's are sold here in the States under a couple of different names. I own 3 different focal lengths and think they are wonderful.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:53 AM

BTW the BST Starglider EP's are sold here in the States under a couple of different names. I own 3 different focal lengths and think they are wonderful.

Very glad to hear that you are happy with the Starglider EPs. Always good to get a first hand viewpoint. I have four EPs at home in the US but no Barlow, so I think I’ll go with the 15mm and Barlow option. There will be some overlap, but it will definitely give me more options. 




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