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 Post subject: Recommendations for higher magnification EP?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:58 am 
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Hi,
I have a Skywatcher 130P with the supplied EPs (10mm, 25mm, Barlow) plus a Celestron Omni 32mm Plossl.

Can anyone recommend a good higher magnification EP for me to purchase?
How about a Celestron X-Cel LX 9mm or 7mm?

Eric Kent


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for higher magnification EP?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:12 pm 
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I would be wary of going high power.

The supplied eyepieces are likely to be low quality - often Kellner type. First step would be a better quality 25mm perhaps a plossl. These are not heavy and wont unbalance the scope. The x-cel eyepieces look heavy but i have not used one. The plossl should work with your barlow but that could be suspect too. Give it a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations for higher magnification EP?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:39 pm 
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I'd say that a good-quality Barlow-lens would be a worthwhile investment: this can be used with any of your (current or future) eyepieces. And it would also be invaluable if you ever try planetary imaging.

I use a Parks Optics Gold x2 Barlow which I got from the USA some years ago, but this Japanese triplet apochromatic one looks good, and says that its design should work well with a Newtonian:
http://www.365astronomy.com/365Astronomy-1.25-3-Element-2x-SHORT-Apochromatic-Barlow-Made-in-Japan.html


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