# Buying new eyepieces, need advice

#### fireballs619

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I currently have two eyepieces to go with my Celestron Nexstar 130Slt (f/5), a 9 mm and a 25 mm. They provide decent viewing opportunities, but I'm thinking about buying some extra eyepieces to expand what I view. I really don't know much about eyepieces, so I'm a bit lost as to where I should start. I was thinking about buying this set:

#### fireballs619

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Thanks all! Since it seems that the kit is of sufficient quality, I'll probably end up getting that. Again, thanks! :tiphat:

#### Spaced

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As for the filters, they're not just for astrophotography

Ah, nice one. I'll have to try them out again ASAP. With most objects I'm lucky if I can gather enough light for the higher power eyepieces without it all turning to a grey mulch. Filters compounded the problem, so I reckon that was why I never gave them much of a chance with my 4" newtonian.
I probably benefit from the Barlow more than you too. Although I must clarify to fireballs619, Mars's polar caps, although discernable at highest power using the Barlow, it required a heck of a lot of imagination too. The experience made me sympathise with Mr Lowell's canals.

Glad to hear you were smart enough to use the moon filter first time out agentgonzo. I was like a kid in a candy store desperate to try out my new toys and rushed things. I'd read all about the dangers of solar observing, but no one told me about the moon. Sir Patrick, why's that? I thought the moon was your thang and there's and there's not a sausage of its danger in your books. No wonder you wear a monocle.

I really must upgrade at some point. I started to get fed up viewing everything with averted vision. There's some things I still want to tick off my list and currently lack the ability. Uranus as more than a dull grey dot, Neptune, the Cassini division, difinitive views of Mar's caps, Phobos, granules on the sun and a healthy portion of Messier objects.
Still..... I've had grand views of Sinus Iridium at dawn, tracked sunspots, seen a satellite pass in front of the moon. A definite "WTF was that?!" moment. I also caught a glimpse of a gorgeous neighbour undressing, but that was an accident I assure you and being a gentleman I waited until the moon sank down and then continued my planned evening's observations.

Speaking to The Void, lol, I do that regularly offline....... Meade's the way to go is it? What makes you recommend them over the competition? I might have a few grand to chuck at a new scope in 6 months and the means to travel beyond London's "sickly orange barf glow". Hadn't thought too seriously about it until now.

Fireballs619 said:
Thanks all! I'll probably end up getting that.

I hope you get as much use and enjoyment from it as I have. :thumbup:

#### agentgonzo

##### Grounded since '09
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Ah, nice one. I'll have to try them out again ASAP. With most objects I'm lucky if I can gather enough light for the higher power eyepieces without it all turning to a grey mulch. Filters compounded the problem, so I reckon that was why I never gave them much of a chance with my 4" newtonian.
Ah, yes. With a 4" you will only get 1/4 of the light that I get in my 8" and so filters and high power mag will make things quite dim. Especially if you are viewing from light polluted areas and so you won't have really well adapted night vision

Glad to hear you were smart enough to use the moon filter first time out agentgonzo.
See above about me getting 4x as much light as you. Still blinding!

seen a satellite pass in front of the moon. A definite "WTF was that?!"
I had an airliner fly right through my FoV one time when viewing a messier object. Zipped across the FoV in about a tenth of a second being massive, partly grey with the tail light on and the red/green wingtip lights. Scared the living bejesus out of me!