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Don't be fooled
on August 25, 2014
For beginners and novices, it's a great temptation to get hold of accessories like eyepieces and filters. And when they're offered in 'groups', packed in a sexy case, that temptation can suddenly appear overwhelming.
In reality, these promotions always include items that will be used only once, or not at all, and unfortunately, are often the cause for buyer's remorse.
For about the same cost, you can buy a quality 28 to 35mm eyepiece, a 2x Barlow, and a Moon filter. That's really all you'll need to do 90 percent of your observing. And trust me -- you'll find that you rarely use the color filters if you observe in average locations and conditions.
The 'mid-quality' manufacturers pack their accessories into a snazzy case to sell in packages like this, because they don't sell well on their own merits.
Don't be fooled. Do it right.