Vixen Telescope Eyepieces

William Optics Megrez 88mm FD APO Telescope

Eyepieces for planetary viewing?

What are some good eye-pieces for planetary viewing in particular?

I have been looking around and came across a few interesting looking brands/series of eypieces

- Vixen Lanthanum Wide LVW Telescope Eyepieces

-Baader Planetarium Hyperion Telescope Eyepieces

I currently own

a -

Zhumell wide field 30mm

-Meade 26mm plossl

-Meade 9.7mm plossl

-Zhumell 9mm plossl

-Celestron Omni 4mm plossl.

I have seen jupiter and its moons up close through just about all of these but I am looking to find a piece that will enhance my viewing experience of planets in particular. I have seen Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn through my scopes so far...I would like to see them in beter detail tho.

Scopes I own-

Meade ETX-80

Zhumell dobsonian10 inch

Any suggestions?

1) make sure your collimation is spot on. Use something like the Orion collimating eyepiece, not a laser.

2) The optimum focal length for the planets with your 10" scope is around 5mm (250x).

3) None of your Plössls are top quality. Vixen and Hyperion are much better. I also like Orion's Edge-On Planetary eyepieces.

4) Forget the 80mm for planetary observing -- it's too small.

5) Be patient and train your eye to tease out fine low-contrast detail. It's there; you just can't see it yet. Sketching the planets is a great way to train your eye.




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