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    Default Re: the Orion XT6 has arrived!



    Congrats on the scope, I with everyone else chiming in...get a telrad, Stellarium or other software, and star sharts or books with charts in them. I use the field guide, "Stars & Planets" which I think is a great little book and is small enough to take with you when you view the sky. But get a Telrad for sure, you wont believe how much it will help when you have a classic Dob like yours.
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    Default Re: the Orion XT6 has arrived!

    When looking for nebulas and deep space objects, they will not look nothing like the photos you see in books or on the internet. You will see a faint cloud like object that may resemble a small puff of smoke; you have to really look hard sometimes to see it. M57; the Ring Nebula, to me looks like someone blew a smoke ring across the night sky. Download Stellarium from the internet, it is free, and one of the best pieces of software you can get, not only it will be a great help to you to learn where objects are in the skies. When looking for nebulas and deep space objects; use the lowest power eyepiece you have, to much power, and they will fade away, something like a 32-40mm will help you find them. Oh yes congrats on the new scope, You will really enjoy it. Clear skies

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    Quote Originally Posted by hexagonal View Post
    dear all,

    I'd like to share my initial impressions after receiving my first scope:

    This thing is big. In fact, it's huge. It's ridiculously big when you consider that this is just some 'entry level' scope and surely people's expectations will be high when they see this unit which makes it all the more important that I hurry up and order a barlow and higher power eyepiece.

    a quick snap:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...66719117_n.jpg
    I can only imagine the look on your face if you had purchased a 12" DOB!!
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    Stellarium is looking mighty fine and useful. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Default Re: the Orion XT6 has arrived!

    Congratulation on your new scope. My advice don't run out and buy too many accessories at the moment. Especially that this is your first scope. I feel at the beginning most people after viewing moon and planets get disappointed that deep space objects don't look as good. So they think more expensive accessories means better results. Not always the case especially for a beginner. Use the eyepiece you have for now and learn to use your scope and locate objects. Also only dso object need dark skies. Saturn looks the same to me in NYC as it does in darkest skies in Utah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmeyer718 View Post
    Congratulation on your new scope. My advice don't run out and buy too many accessories at the moment. Especially that this is your first scope. I feel at the beginning most people after viewing moon and planets get disappointed that deep space objects don't look as good. So they think more expensive accessories means better results. Not always the case especially for a beginner. Use the eyepiece you have for now and learn to use your scope and locate objects. Also only dso object need dark skies. Saturn looks the same to me in NYC as it does in darkest skies in Utah.

    thanks very much for your advice. I thought about getting a 10mm eyepiece and a 2x barlow asap but now I'm realizing I first need to read up on the basics of astronomy and find my way around the night skies with unaided eyes.

    Adding the eyepiece, barlow and telrad finder would set me back quite a lot. On top of that I've been quite fascinated with the possibility of investing in a decent pair of binucolars for roughly the same amount of cash.. like a nikon AE or Pentax 10x50.

    We're finally having clear skies and may see some comets tomorrow. Possibly mars and the moon in a few days.
    Got to stick with it and accept the learning curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hexagonal View Post
    thanks everyone. I was just out again, getting a bit frustrated since I could only see stars. The truth is I have no idea of how to manually search for a nebula nor do I know if it is technically possible to see one with the standard 25mm plossl.

    That's not even taking into account light pollution conditions etc. Must be typical noob frenzy

    I've been using Starwalk to find messier objects close to bright stars. Finding the stars is easy but then I'm lost. No sign of the milky way either when I was looking around cygnus. Any pointers greatly appreciated! And yes I should do my homework and read the manual, too =]
    Congratulations on your new scope! You will definitely be able to see nebulae with the 25mm eyepiece. Like slipfit mentioned, you should start with M57. It is definitely the easiest to find. If you can find Lyra, look for Vega which will be one of the brightest stars in the sky. Slighty below it and just to the right of it will be two stars arranged with one almost directly above the other. If you point your finderscope at the top star and look through the eyepiece, you can find M57 by slowly scanning down toward the lower star. It won't look like much more than a little grey blob at that magnification, but it is clearly larger than a star and if you look slightly to either side of it (averted vision) the ring shape should appear. The good thing about M57 is that, unlike some of the other nebulae, it can take quite a bit of magnification. I've gone up to 150X and it still looks nice.

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    Hi there, congrats on your telescope, the XT6 is also my first purchased scope although I have built other refractors prior to this one with some photo copier lenses, as the one in my avatar, it is a 4" f3.
    I am very impressed with the XT6 and have viewed many DSO's, because in South Africa we have many rural places with very dark skies. Your supplied 25mm EP will be suitable for DSO's, however you might want to upgrade. I bought a Celestron 40mm EP and wow, what a difference. celestron 40mm | B&H Photo Video
    It might be a bit bulky but anything half the size will cost twice as much, if not more.
    Just get some dark skies and make sure the collimation is 100% correct.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zedd View Post
    Hi there, congrats on your telescope, the XT6 is also my first purchased scope although I have built other refractors prior to this one with some photo copier lenses, as the one in my avatar, it is a 4" f3.
    I am very impressed with the XT6 and have viewed many DSO's, because in South Africa we have many rural places with very dark skies. Your supplied 25mm EP will be suitable for DSO's, however you might want to upgrade. I bought a Celestron 40mm EP and wow, what a difference. celestron 40mm | B&H Photo Video
    It might be a bit bulky but anything half the size will cost twice as much, if not more.
    Just get some dark skies and make sure the collimation is 100% correct.

    Good luck!

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    thanks! can you clarify what the benefit of a 40mm eyepiece is? Am I correct in assuming it will provide a wider FoV? If my calculations are correct it will give just 30x magnification (as opposed to 48x with my current setup) with my 1200mm scope, and I thought the 25mm I have now is lacking a bit when viewing the moon. A 10mm eyepiece is the one I see recommended the most. What would be a typical application for a 40mm?

    Or did you mean it's a considerable step up in terms of image quality/clarity, lack of CA etc?

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    objects spotted UPDATE:

    moon(at 33% or so): looked incredible in the twilight. Stood waiting for the first stars to appear. Noticed one but couldn't detect any blinking so I thought what the hell let's have a peek, and HOLY MOLY it's friggin' SATURN. Blown away, but wished for higher magnification!

    I think I spotted the ring nebula in Lyra, but as one poster pointed out it just looked like a gray blob to my dismay. Ah well still better than nothing!
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