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    I just bought a televue poermate 4x for my Orion XT10 and i used it and couldnt view anything in it, and I just gave up on it. Is it good for nebulae and planet viewing? Or should I return it and get a wide field lens for nebulas?

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    What focal length eyepieces did you use the Powermate with....????

    Nebula normally are viewed under low power..and as wide a fov as possible...Planets are normally viewed under high power and mostg of us (non Dob Guys) do not use wide FOV eyepieces on them..

    That said.. I've been in his hobby since I purchase my first scope in or about 1953 or 54...owned dozens of barlows BUY have NEVER EVER found a NEED or for that matter a WANT to go with anything but a 2x one...

    Just out of curiosity why did you go with a 4x ...

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    As Bob just said LOW power wide field for most deep sky (except planetary nebula) and higher power for the planets, and for splitting some double stars.

    I have never owned anything but a 2x barlow-- the 4 x you bought is just TOO much magnification for the eyepieces you were using. Magnification is the LEAST important property of a telescope. Aperture and quality ioptics are much more important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327 View Post
    What focal length eyepieces did you use the Powermate with....????

    Nebula normally are viewed under low power..and as wide a fov as possible...Planets are normally viewed under high power and mostg of us (non Dob Guys) do not use wide FOV eyepieces on them..

    That said.. I've been in his hobby since I purchase my first scope in or about 1953 or 54...owned dozens of barlows BUY have NEVER EVER found a NEED or for that matter a WANT to go with anything but a 2x one...

    Just out of curiosity why did you go with a 4x ...

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