Recommendations for higher magnification EP?

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Recommendations for higher magnification EP?

Post by EKent » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:58 am

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?

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Re: Recommendations for higher magnification EP?

Post by DRatledge » Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:12 pm

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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Re: Recommendations for higher magnification EP?

Post by rwilkinson » Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:39 pm

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/365Astronom ... Japan.html

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