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    Default What am I doing wrong??



    I have no idea which thread or forum to view. So, I'll just start with a basic question.

    I have a Celestron 4se and I have the filter set with the add'l lenses, including the Barlow.

    I can see details of the moon, but any other planets I view just look like white stars.

    What am I doing wrong? Shouldn't I be able to see details of Mars, Jupiter?

    I'm new to telescoping, so let me know if you need more information in order to help me!

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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong??

    Welcome to the forum.

    There are several possible explanations. One is that you are having trouble aiming the scope and what you are looking at are in fact stars, not planets. Another possibility is that you are using a low-magnification eyepiece. Another is that your expectations may be too high.

    Aiming:
    Make sure that your finder scope is properly aligned with the main scope. Do this in the daylight on the farthest target you can identify. Make sure that your goto alignment is accurate, that you are accurately centering on the right stars.

    Eyepiece selection:
    You should be using a low-power eyepiece, 30mm or larger, for centering the planet in the field of view, and then a 10mm or 15mm eyepiece to look at it. Don't use anything with a smaller focal length. Make sure you re-focus when you change eyepieces.

    Expectations:
    Your maximum magnification with that scope wll be around 100x. Even Jupiter will be small when you look at it. The other planets are correspondingly smaller. Jupiter is gone for the seaason, but Saturn should still be in a good position in the evenings. You should be able to see the rings. You won't see much more than that. Mars is bright, but it is a small planet: you won't see a lot on it.
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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong??

    Firstly welcome to the forum , seems like your scope is not aligned properly and you are looking at stars instead of planets , if you can see the moon in detail then your focus is correct . I am not sure what eyepieces you are using but am sure that the scope came with a 10mm which will give 130x so should give some detail on Jupiter and you will easily see the rings of saturn.
    Get an app for your phone (or computer) like stellarium that will show you where the planes are to ensure the scope is moving in the correct direction , both Saturn and Jupiter are visible early evening
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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong??

    Hi kfain123, and welcome here to the Forum!

    Your Mak has a very narrow field of view, so it's easy to target a wide object like the Moon, but you need better alignment between your finder and the telescope to be able to center a particular star or planet in the finder and have it be in your eyepiece FOV. Good suggestions above on getting aligned.

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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong??

    You can push Maks up to higher magnification but not every night. You should try increasing the magnification gradually. I have been known to push my 127Mak to 500x but other nights I get the best results at 100x. Unfortunately, you won't know how far you can go until you go outside. The viewing conditions are dependent on what is happening in the upper atmosphere.
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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong??

    i saw saturn for the first time last night and again tonight, i mut admit i thought it would be bigger in the eyepiece but the planet even though small was properly in focus and the ring was easily seen, its very low in the sky so i can tell in the northern hemisphere so we are looking through lot of crud in the atmosphere, when it eventually gets higher im sure ill be able to magnify it more and it not go fuzzy on the edges etc.

    still stoked i saw it, along with mars last night
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    Default Re: What am I doing wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by kfain123 View Post
    I have no idea which thread or forum to view. So, I'll just start with a basic question.

    I have a Celestron 4se and I have the filter set with the add'l lenses, including the Barlow.

    I can see details of the moon, but any other planets I view just look like white stars.

    What am I doing wrong? Shouldn't I be able to see details of Mars, Jupiter?

    I'm new to telescoping, so let me know if you need more information in order to help me!
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    Thank you all for the suggestions. Can't wait to put them to work!!!

 

 

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