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I have a Criterion 4000 that is set up for photography only. I have the scope, focus adapter tube, and the t ring adapter. This is only mounted on a photo tripod. What parts do I need for casual star gazing or to use as a spotters scope? Would just an eyepiece be all I need? Where would I find it? Thanks, Brian Pritt

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You will need a diagonal, eyepiece and a finder scope. The photo tripod is not the greatest for astronomy. Acceptable for the moon and quick views of the planets but with a SCTs narrow view, you will be constantly adjusting the tripod.
I would start with a 25mm plossl eyepiece which would provide 80x power. About as high as you can get with a photo tripod.
Places to get finder scopes, eyepieces and diagonals
http://www.agenaastro.com/

http://www.telescope.com/control/category/~category_id=telescopes?atc=ggldlp&gclid=CNC2_eT8oqUCFUHsKgodywuvHA

Be aware that the Bausch and Lomb telescopes had terrible reputation for bad optics.

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