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    can an 8 inch SCT show all the messier objects in fine detail? or can it show more or less?

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    Depends on what you mean by "fine detail". You are not going to see anything close to what you see in a picture, in real time through your telescope. However, if you know what you are doing and have a good CCD imager or even an SLR camera (digital or film) then you can get some really good shots using a Schmidt-Cassegrain 8".

    Start with some of the easier objects (M42 - Orion Nebula, the double-cluster in perseus (Use low mag on this one and you'll be very impressed).

    Planets are also pretty good in an 8" SCT.

    Good luck and clear skies!

 

 

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