I’ve winnowed down the accessories to the following:
Celestron X-CEL LX 2X 3-Element Barlow
Celestron 2X Omni Barlow
and for Eye Pieces:
Celestron 8-24MM Zoom, 1.25"
Meade 8-24MM Long Eye Relief Zoom
And for a longer focal length eye piece a 32 or 40mm
Astro-Tech Value Line Plossl
Celestron Omni Plossl
Meade Series 4000 Super Plossl
Is the X-Cel Barlow worth the premium over the Omni?
Is one of the zooms better than the other, same with the Plossls?
Should I be leery of Meade?
I would look at an x-cel 25mm or ES 68 in 24mm instead of the 32mm plossl. Because they are wider FOV, they will have close to the same FOV as the 32mm, but will have more magnification and contrast. The main drawback is price.