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I have the Pentax PF 65 ED and want to find a quality 30X eyepiece for it without spending the $ Pentax wants for their excellent ones.  Any suggestions on alternate brands?

 
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I believe it accepts any 1.25 inch eyepieces. So what price range are you thinking? Also when you say the Pentax 30x eyepiece are you refering to the Pentax XW 30, XW 14 or the XF 12? The eyepiece magnification depends on the scope it is going on. The XW 14 gives a 36x on the 80ED, 37x on the 80EDA and 45x on the 100ED. So I am guessing that the XW14 would be just under 30x on the 65ED. The XF 12 on your 65ED will give you a magnification of 32.5x and is about $179.
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I found the XF fixed eyepieces to be a little lackluster.

The baader planetarium hyperion eyepieces are pretty good, and relatively inexpensive.  These are probably the best deal, but they are a big hunk of glass.

The Meade 5000 series eyepieces are fantastic, but a little shorter on eye relief.

The Vixen LV series seem to be pretty decent as well.

The Pentax XW series are the best, and really make the most of the Pentax spotters, but they will cost you, as you mentioned.
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