I just purchased my first Dobsonian scope, and it is quite the upgrade from my old Celestron 90 mm refractor. Let me start off by saying I am not very experienced in skywatching and the equipment involved. My Orion XT10 dobsonian came with the 25mm Orion Sirius Plossl eyepiece. First impression is that this eyepiece certainly finds alot of objects, but planets are a pretty small and DSOs don't resolve well in my relatively light-polluted neighborhood. Also, the field-of-view makes finding objects that aren't visible to my naked eye a bit tedious. I am yet to take it to dark skies, but I just got it yesterday. I will be spending most of my time with it in my backyard, but plan to take it to dark skies occasionally. As far as how I approach my purchases, I lean toward the "buy-once" mentality, although I do think a nicer scope may be in my future in a few years (perhaps a nice refractor).
With all this said, I am looking to purchase two fully-multicoated eyepieces to start off. I am looking for something good for planetary views as well as a wide 2" eyepiece to use as a finder and for viewing bigger DSOs. I don't want to go on the cheap, but at the same time, I don't feel I need anything that will far exceed the capabilites of my scope unless the price difference isn't that great. I'm hoping maybe in the ballpark of $600 for both eyepieces, but I can be flexible. If I can fully utilize my scope's optics for much cheaper all the better, but with a nice refractor potentially in my future, I could potentially spend more if they are truly "buy-once" eyepieces. Which eyepieces do you recommend? I'd prefer to stick with more recognizable brands, so I can research as many opinions as possible. But I'll try and keep an open mind.
Edited by ForTozs, 14 November 2020 - 02:39 AM.