Celestron – 1.25” Eyepiece and Filter Accessory Kit – 14 Piece Telescope Accessory Set – Plossl Telescope Eyepiece – Barlow Lens – Colored Filters – Moon Filter – Sturdy Metal Carry Case
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- 5 SUPERIOR-GRADE PLOSSL EYEPIECES: Our Celestron Accessory Kit includes five Plossl telescope eyepieces, ranging from low to high power: 32mm, 17mm, 13mm, 8mm, and 6mm. Each eyepiece features a four-element design with a 52-degree field of view.
- 2X BARLOW LENS: The 2x Barlow lens can be easily paired with each of the five eyepieces in this kit (or any 1.25” eyepiece) to enhance your view and instantly double its magnification for even more power. It’s like having 10 telescope eyepieces in your collection
- COLORED FILTERS FOR ASTRONOMICAL VIEWING: Colored filters are perfect for bringing out various details on a planet’s surface or in its cloud structure.
- DURABLE HARD-SIDED CARRYING CASE: Your kit will remain safe in a protective metal, foam-lined carrying lens filter case, perfect for organizing each piece and keeping your equipment ready to use.
- UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world’s number 1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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Celestron 1.25” Telescope Eyepiece and Filter Kit
Add new life to your telescope and observing adventures with this 14-piece kit! You’ll receive five Plossl eyepieces, a 2x Barlow lens, six colored filters for improved planet observation, and a Moon filter.
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The Celestron 1.25” telescope eyepieces and filter accessory kit is a great way to expand the functionality and enjoyment of your telescope. Inside your metal, foam-lined carrying lens filter case, you’ll find the following accessories: 32 mm Plossl Eyepiece – 1.25”,17 mm Plossl Eyepiece – 1.25”,13 mm Plossl Eyepiece – 1.25”, 8 mm Plossl Eyepiece – 1.25”, 6 mm Plossl Eyepiece – 1.25”, 2X Barlow Lens – 1.25”, #80A Blue Filter – 1.25”, #58 Green Filter – 1.25”, #56 Light Green Filter – 1.25 , #25 Red Filter – 1.25”, #21 Orange Filter – 1.25”, #12 Yellow Filter – 1.25”, and a Moon Filter – 1.25.” All five Plossl eyepieces can be used in any telescope with a 1.25” focuser, making them great for observing the moon, planets, and deep sky objects—especially when seeing conditions are good. Colored filters can be used to bring out certain details on a planet’s surface or its cloud structure. Your Celestron Eyepiece Accessory Kit will remain safe and organized in a durable and sturdy metal case with a foam lining! Buy with confidence from the world’s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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The Celestron Accessory Kit contains:
- Five superior-grade 1.25-inch Plössl eyepieces: Four-element design with a 52-degree AFOV, superb color, resolution, edge sharpness, and clarity. All eyepieces are fully multicoated for maximum contrast and resolution. Supplied eyepiece sizes: 6mm, 8mm, 13mm, 17mm, and 32mm.
- Barlow 2X lens: Complements the Plössl eyepieces and gives you a total of 10 power combinations. The highest-grade glass optics with fully multicoated lenses are used, so there is no degradation of image.
- Six colored eyepiece (planetary) filters: Included are Kodak Wratten Nos. 12, 21, 25, 56, 58A, and 80A. Since all the eyepieces necessary to study the planets and moon in detail are provided, these filters will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the solar system.
- Moon filter: A neutral-density filter that allows you maximum enjoyment of the moon, especially during the brighter phases.
- Aluminum carrying case: This sturdy and well-built case fits all of the above items in its die-cut foam interior with room for additional accessories.
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First of all folks, please know that a "lens" is the glass on the business-end of a refractor telescope, or the optic on your CAMERA. The thing you attach to a telescope is called an "EYEPIECE" -- not a "lens".
Secondly, any "set" of eyepieces is generally going to be 90 percent useless. That's because most of the higher powered eyepieces in the set will only get used once or twice -- until you finally realize that high powers are only useful on a telescope if you're in a VERY DARK LOCATION, with almost perfect sky conditions (an extremely rare combination!).
These eyepieces are all 4-element Plossl's -- a very old and very basic design, but very tried-and-true for general observing. The 32mm is the best in the set, and probably the one you'll use the most.
The 2X Barlow is of average quality, but can be very useful -- it'll turn the 32mm into a 16mm without cutting eye-relief (good, if you wear glasses).
The Moon filter is a necessity if you want to do any lunar observing. Only one or two of the color filters will be useful.
So what we have here, is one useful eyepiece, a 2X Barlow, a Moon filter, and a color filter or two -- for which you'd pay a lot less by purchasing just those items SEPERATELY. And if you shop smart, you'll find a high-quality 32mm Plossl and a 2X Barlow -- Televue for example, are hands-down the best production optics available! They're generally more expensive, but well worth the investment.
Celestron makes excellent telescopes!! My 6SE is a remarkable piece of engineering, and has World Class optics. But I use eyepieces of World Class quality to complement it, and I get awesome results.
[NOTE]: These are not Celestron's "Feature" eyepieces -- they are their "accessory" eyepieces, and like Meade's accessory EP's they are only of average quality, and are usually way overpriced, like most Meade/Celestron accessories.
My advice is to save for a Televue 32mm or 25mm Plossl, ($110 to $135 online) and 2X Barlow, ($115) and buy a Moon filter online from a reputable dealer (Orion offers an excellent Moon filter [#05662] for about $15, which I've been using since 1997). It'll all work out to cost a little more, but you'll find that you'll actually use them.
[NOTE]: I rarely use color-filters. But the ones I do use are the Orion #80A and #82A. You won't need much more for general observing.
[TIP]: The best way to store and carry eyepieces, is in "Eyepiece Canisters" -- clear poly screw-top containers made for that purpose. They're available online (I get mine from Oceanside Photo & Telescope) for $2 to $3 each. Put them all in a backpack or travel bag, along with your red flashlight, dew heaters, gloves, and Lance crackers. Much easier!! Better yet, I use a shooter's Range Bag (from MidwayUSA). They have roomy external zippered pockets and internal compartments. Plus they're well padded. Perfect!!
Celestron Accessory Kit
Plossl eyepieces sell for around $40.00 each, and the Barlow costs about the same, so 5 eyepieces and a Barlow bought individually would cost about $240.00. Filter prices range all over the place depending on quality. The cheapest I found was a set of six filters from Orion for $120.00. Don't forget to add in the padded case for about $50.00 to arrive at $410.00. While this set offers great savings, the advertised claim that the value is over $700.00 is greatly exaggerated. However, a $280.00 saving is still a great deal.
For the novice. magnification is calculated by dividing the focal length of the Mirror (reflector) or Primary lens (refractor) by the focal length of the eyepiece. For example, my telescope has a focal length of 1,000 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm), so the 32 mm eyepiece gives me 1,000/32 = 31x. Perfect for looking at nebulae like those found in Orion. At the other extreme, the 6 mm lens gives 167x, and the Barlow doubles that to 334, good for studying Mars (If the planetwide dust storm ever settles).
I recommend buying these other items to enhance your experience.
1) I use a medium sized refractor for most of my observations so a diagonal prism for ease of viewing is almost essential. Reflectors don't really need diagonals because of the position of the eyepiece. The one I bought is "Meade Instruments #918A 1.25-Inch Diagonal Prism." for $29.99. Here is the link: https://amazon.com/gp/product/B0006NAS8K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
2) A light pollution filter if you live in an area with a lot of street lights. there are some very expensive ones, but, I bought the "Gosky 1.25 Inch Light Pollution Filter for Telescope" for $19.99. Here is the link: https://amazon.com/gp/product/B01LGZNMGG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
3) Optional, 4mm eyepiece for higher magnification. Most complete sets of eyepieces have the 4 mm eyepiece, so I was surprised it was not in this set. No matter, it is still a fantastic set. I bought the "Celestron Omni Series 1-1/4 4MM Eyepiece" for $23.00. Here is the link: https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00008Y0S5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The case has a couple of slots cut out in the foam liner for the addition of extra pieces. Using the cutouts you can store the extra filter, eyepiece, and diagonal in the case. I removed the foam from the filter area to store the extra filter and as luck would have it, it was the perfect length to use as a spacer between the diagonal and the extra eyepiece (eyepiece hasn't arrived yet). You can always cut the foam that you remove from the large cutout area, it was just nice to have the perfect fit. As you can see from the photo (Amazon rotated it 90 degrees) it all fits nicely.
This is the perfect set for casual astronomy buffs who don't want to mortgage their houses to buy astronomy equipment. Since it's Celestron, you can count on it being good quality.
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It is tempting to purchase a kit like this when you're starting out in amateur astronomy. The problem is that you will simply never use some of these components, so you'll end up wasting money in the long run.
Small focal length plossl lenses are a bad choice. Anything below 12mm will have very short eye relief and tiny fields of view. The problem with the eye relief is that you'll strain your eye using them since you need to be very close to the eyepiece to see through it. The problem with the fields of view is that, if using a manual scope, you will constantly have to adjust your telescope to bring your object back into view.
You're better off buying fewer higher quality components separately and spending a little more. You may have less items in your kit, but you will be off to a great start in this rewarding hobby. Clear skies.
Obviously not properly inspected before release from the factory in China but I suppose it's the price we all have to pay for getting everything manufactured there on the cheap.
You have to finish the job properly yourself!