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    Quote Originally Posted by AmateurAstronomer View Post
    I used the map and i found that my house is at the border of the orange and red area. up to what magnitude do you think i may be able to see?
    Sorry, I don't know the magnitude numbers for the different colours. Red/orange is pretty bad light pollution.

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    Try to find Polaris, it's a mag 2+ as I recall. Look for the big dipper. At a dark sight you should see a mag 5 or better. All the stars in the dipper should be crisp and clear.

    You also need to be dark adapted to get the most from your scope. That means no white lights for about 30 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    Start with the Orion nebula. It is a bright naked eye object. Find Orion's belt (3 stars in a row). Below the belt is his sword. The Orion Nebula is the middle "star" in the sword.
    I was recently looking for the Orion Nebula in the night sky and i think found something. I was looking at the middle star in Orion's sword and i found a bunch of stars but two of them seemed to be fuzzy as opposed to the others. I thought it could be stars in the nebula that were behind or inside the nebula behing fuzzed by the dust. I started to stare at the object to see if my eyes would adjust so i could see if it was the Orion Nebula but right after, some clouds rolled in. Is what i saw the Orion Nebula?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmateurAstronomer View Post
    Is what i saw the Orion Nebula?
    It sure sounds like you saw it.

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    Last night, i went to take a look at the Orion Nebula and i found almost no difference then in detail then the night before. Just 2 stars that are blurrier then then the rest. Is this as strong as my refractor is going to get to the Orion Nebula. Also, when i was aiming for the Andromeda Galaxy, all i saw was a blur that was so barely visible. It looked like an extremely dark blur that seemed almost no brighter then the blackness around it. I could barely tell if that was anything. Is this what messier objects are supposed to appear through a 70mm aperature?

    Last, one of the things that was occuring after observing for a while was that water was condensing on my front lens. Is this bad for the telescope? what should i do if this happens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmateurAstronomer View Post
    Is this what messier objects are supposed to appear through a 70mm aperature?
    Unfortunately, galaxies will look like this. You can improve things a bit by moving to an area with darker skies. But basically, you need a bigger scope.

    On the other hand, lots of Messier objects are open clusters, which you will be able to see.
    water was condensing on my front lens. Is this bad for the telescope? what should i do if this happens?
    In the field, you can blow a hair dryer onto the lens to clear it. At the end of a session, put on any lens caps to prevent more moisture from the humid indoor air from condensing on the cold glass, and bring the scope indoors. Once it has warmed up to room temperature, remove the lens caps and let it air dry.

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    i got oil on the front lens of my telescope. Can i just use water to wash it off?

 

 
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