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I just purchased a celestron regal 100mm scope with the ED glass, I love my scope but what's the deal on optional eye pieces that I've read people are buying? I'm brand new to these things and am a complete noob. How could I improve an already great scope and what eye piece to get and what to expect?
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jangles,
 
The Celestron accepts any standard  1 1/4" astronomy eyepiece.
 
Good eyepieces are available from Celestron, Pentax, Baader, televue, and many others.  The Regal 100 has a focal length of 540mm, so to compute magnification divide 540 by the focal length of the eyepiece you are considering.  So a 20mm eyepiece yields 27x magnification.
 
The nicest fixed astro eyepieces I have used are Pentax XW.  I have also used the Baader eyepieces which are pretty good, and much less expensive.
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Thank you Matt! I'm really dumb about this stuff, so what does 27X magnification mean as oposed to my stock eye piece? My stock mag. is 22-67 power. Like will my images be closer or clearer?
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The 27x fixed will magnify the image the same amount as your zoom eyepiece set on 27x.  Typically image quality is better with a good fixed than a comparable zoom.  They often have a wider field of view as well.
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