is this a 2inch to 1.25 adapter? I got a 1.25 inch and 2 inch adaptor with the scope. I think to get really wide views im ok now after reading all this to swap out.
I think if viewing wide field targets I probably wont switch out to high power eye pieces.
I think that's probably not true that you won't want to switch eye pieces. You'll see something in the wider field that you think bears a closer look.
Yes I have 2 inch to 1.25 in adapters on every eyepiece. For me the adapter issue has all but disappeared. The only time it comes up is if I lend an eyepiece to someone in the field. I use just one adapter for two or three years and there was enough aggro involved that I made the switch.
Martin that company 7 mentioned that was what he did. At first the very idea of it struck me as a wild extravagance. But once the idea was planted it never let go. At some point about 18 years ago I bought a bunch of stellar view two to 1.25 inch eye pieces and then moved on to other things. I've never regretted it.
I also never regretted building an eyepiece box and getting rid of those plastic bolt containers. I was spending too much time at the end of every night putting everything back together. And they effectively double a volume that you have to carry.
For beginners I recommend that you get what you can afford. When I was acquiring my first telescopes my view of eye pieces was that the best way to improve the view through an eyepiece was to give it bigger telescope to sit in. I made gradual eyepiece improvements until I had a c14 and then I turned my attention to eyepieces.
In the matter of widefield eye pieces acquiring a great refractor drove the need for quality much faster than I had anticipated. My first refractor was an FS 128. It is f/8.1 but even so it's going to teach you a thing or two about why you don't want cheap eye pieces.
I started at the bottom most budget eyepieces, which in those days were Riny and Russell eyepieces and gradually worked my way up to midrange. There was a long pause there because so many people had helpfully but grossly incorrectly explained to me that eyepieces don't matter on an SCT. They very much do.
Eventually what happens is your observing program and accumulating experience will drive your decisions. You will have an ahhh moment. It will probably be with a Pentax or televue option.
At the time I was building my collection the Meade Japanese 14 mm uhw was highly prized and recommended. CN did not even exist. Another one was the nagler 17 mm 82°. Those were my first truly luxury high-end eye pieces.
When I tried Pentax I couldn't get rid of the Meade fast enough. It took longer to get rid of the nagler 17 t4 but eventually it went too. Since then televue has introduced the delos and ethos lines. I have tried them but they're not for me.
Anyhow your observing program and budget will let you know when it's time to upgrade. For me it was when I was looking for one arc second planetary nebulae in Cygnus and I realized that every Star looked like a one arc second planetary nebula at the edge. And then the refractor entered my life and the 2-inch 40 mm University Optics had to go. That was a mid-range Japanese eyepiece that had a great reputation. I lent it to a guy once who had never used a 2-in eyepiece in his dob and he was blown away I was too when I first started using it. He went out and got one. A you or so later I got rid of mine. He was ready for uo. And later on I was ready to get rid of it.
An eyepiece collection is a gradual process. An eyepiece you think is fine gradually gets to be annoying. You have made your other big ticket acquisitions and finally decide to try this or that ocular. Eventually you find the one that is a very good match and you stick with it and you don't see any possible reason to change. And so on for your entire collection.
Edited by gnowellsct, 26 October 2021 - 06:57 AM.