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    Hey Guys

    Im james, I live in Cape Town South Africa. Yesterday i got the urge to start stargazing, so i went and purchased a Celestron nexstar 130slt.

    Tonight I took it out for a test, however the skies werent very clear plus there was so much light from the city that i couldnt see much, just stars. couldnt really focus on any planets.

    Would I be able to see planets with this telescope? Possibly jupiter or saturn or Mars? How big would they appear in the view? would I be able to see them clearly? Also whats a good night to go out and Should i go far out of town to get rid of light pollution?

    Anyway im glad i found a forum like this

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    Hello and welcome to the forums James..
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    hi james and welcome to the forums.
    that scope will easily show you views of jupiter and saturn.
    you will love them.
    you will not see mars until next year iirc.
    the further you can get away from light pollution the better.
    download this.it's totally free and will show you the sky in real
    time from your location once you put in your lat/long coordinates.
    a great app to learn about the sky.
    clear skies,
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    James....

    with a 5 inch scope you should have NO problems viewing Saturn and Jupiter ...... HOWEVER they will be on the small size sop just do not think you can magnify the image so it looks as big as the moon...

    Mars....real smapp but can be seen when it is up....Venus ano't much to look at but its interesting to spend 1 or 2 minutes on it just to see what phase it is in...(like the moon it goes thru phases) ...

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    Welcome to the forum. The scope is capable of showing you hundreds of objects in the night sky-- BUT it must be pointed directly at them or you will not see anything. The field of view is smaller than the tip of your finger held at arm's length.

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    Glad to see some other Saffers here as well! Albeit on different sides of the country.

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