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    I'm the proud owner of a s/h 80/900 Bresser refractor, an EQ2 mount, and 40/25/12 & 6mm eps.

    Assuming the development of reasonable skill and patience, what are the limitations of my equipment? By this I don't mean technically (magnification, resolution) but realistically, pragmatically. What should I be able to do/see in reasonable seeing conditions before I can start justifying aperture covetousness and dreams of bigger scopes?

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    You can enjoy lots of objects with an 80 mm refractor. The moon, Jupiter, and Orion's nebula are a few. Splitting double stars is a great task for refractors as well. Enjoy the scope.
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    IF! you can find the objects in the night sky-- and at a site with low light pollution--- and your eyes dark adapted-- you should be able to see hundreds of objects in the night sky.

    Remember these objects are small-- smaller than the tip of your finger held at arms length-- you can be right next to them and see nothing.

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    Hi,

    Welcome to the Astronomy Forum. Reasonable expectations for your telescope; enough objects to keep you busy for a while. The moon of course. You should be able to see the rings of Saturn, the four moons of Jupiter as well as its equatorial cloud bands... both planets will be very tiny and details on Jupiter will be difficult to see. Deep space, you can see open star clusters, globular clusters, double stars, nebulae and galaxies. Galaxies and nebulae will be tiny gray smears of light without detail as a much larger telescope is needed to see details on these objects.. The you should also be able to see the four stars of the trapezum in the Great Orion Nebula.

    The biggest challenge is finding objects in the night sky. A book like "Turn Left at Orion" is an excellent guide to use and was written for small telescopes like yours.

    Seeing in a telescope is not something that nature designed our eyes to do. You will need to develop your observational skills to take advantage of your telescope's abilities. Sketching what you see is one way to develop those skills.
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