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    I hope that my impatients is not a nusence, but since I got my 130mm scope, the moon has been so bright I really can't get a good look at galaxies and nebula's. I have researched this and have not had alot of luck, but what could i reasonably expect to see as far as galaxies and nebula's go. I have purchased an eyepiece kit so I have a 2x barlow and an assorment of eyepieces including a 32 mm. I also have a 1.5 barlow/t-mount combo. Again I know I am being impatient and should just wait on the harvest moon to go away, but I think any info might be helpful for myself and anyone else in my delima or thinking of purchasing a 130 mm scope.

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    .......... what could i reasonably expect to see as far as galaxies and nebula's go. ..............
    Fuzzy blobs.

    Faint or brighter fuzzy blobs depending on light pollution and scope aperture.

    start off with the moon, hit up Jupiter next, lovely even under a full moon, then onto clusters.

    if Orion is viewable in your part try that for a nebulae, it doesn't get much better than that, all the other nebulae are harder to see imho.

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    Tough to answer as to how much you will see.

    It is clear that you'll get some good views of the Moon and the brighter planets. No-brainer there. . .

    There are people who claim to see 50+ galaxies with small binoculars. That is a strong indication that with patience and clear, dark skies you'll see quite a number of galaxies.

    You should also see quite a number of nebulae. How big they'll look to you I can't answer. But you should be able to see dozens.

    Do remember something. Messier I think was using only a 6 inch telescope - and it probably wasn't as good optically as your telescope should be - yet he listed over 100 of the objects you are talking about. But then, he may have had darker skies. . .

    Upshot is that in a short while you'll get to go and learn how to see through the telescope and enjoy lots of targets. And as time goes on and your skills improve you'll find that you will be able to see things you just can't find now.
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    Just to add---- do not expect those dim objects to look anything like the pictures you see in a magazine. Those were taken using LONG exposures --

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    Awesome News OleCuss. Where I live, I can see the milky way with the naked eye whenever the moon is not out. I am in rural Arkansas so really no light pollution here. Thanks for the Great news, and I will update when the moon is not so bright.
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    The weekend of the 24th should be a good weekend, the moon will be coming up late and will be a waning crescent so it won't wash out the faint fuzzies. Good luck
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    It can be a little disappointing at first if you're expecting big colorful galaxies and nebulae with lots of detail. You get basically monochrome smudges. I have a 114 mm Dob and some beginner grade eyepieces. I can see a lot when the moon isn't out and quite a bit when it is. However, I live in a very dark area. I think you'll be surprised by the difference when the moon isn't out.

    As far as those smudges, I keep in mind I am seeing a nebula hundreds of light years away and galaxies, actual galaxies outside of our own with billions of other stars. On top of that, everything you see is old. You're looking into the past. That Nebula or Galaxy may not even exist anymore, the light from the end just hasn't reached us yet. Well, the galaxies probably still exist. Its as much a thought exercise as it is a visual one. That makes the smudges extremely exciting for me when I gaze at them.
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    With the Moon bright (but not full) have a good look at the moon. Did you see this http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/Straight+Wall yet?

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    Wow that is Awesome. I am amazed at what I can see with the moon out full. This scope is such an upgrade from the department store scope I had. The moon was fuzzy on it, I really just wanted to know if I could even see galaxies and Nebula's I was not expecting $5000 results through my $300 Telescope! Thanks for all the Info!
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