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    First post, so hi to anyone who can help.
    i have had a "Mars explorer" telescope for 2 years now, and struggle to get any clarity with any of the planets. for example, with jupiter I could see no more than a fuzzy white ball - none of the typical makrings such as the red spot could be made out. Have i just go the wrong sort of eye pieces?
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    Hi Jeff, I suspect you have a "department store" scope. There are ways to optimize it's output. Google "department store scope" for more info. These advertise un-realistic magnifications.

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    Pierre is correct. While many of us started out with these types of scopes, we were very lucky that it did not completely turn us off to the hobby.

    There are some things you can do to improve the scope and tripod, but honestly none of them make sense. The FIX may cost almost as much as you paid for the scope.

    Therefore, I would not spend anything to try and improve the scope (even an eyepiece will cost you at least about $50-$60 dollars). A better diagonal maybe $70.

    Instead start reading the posts at the top of the Beginner Forum and learn about the different types of "good" telescopes. Join an Astronomy club and attend their meetings and star parties. In several months you will be better prepared to purchase your SECOND telescope. If you choose it correctly it will last you for many years to come.

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