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    Quote Originally Posted by NorraStjarna View Post
    People say I'm a dreamer. I never said I was going to use the barlow with the 10. I said I bought it for whenever I think I'd need it.



    I'm a complete newb with telescopes. I've had my first one for less than a week and only taken it out twice. Easy, tiger.
    He's just trying to make you aware of the futility of trying to achieve such high magnifications.

    You mentioned moons... these are very visible under low power such as 50x, and will look like faint little stars orbiting the planet. However, and I think i'm safe in saying this, you will never resolve a moon other than our own to anything more than a point of light from the type of scope available to amateurs.

    This is just the reality of Astronomy, but that doesn't mean there aren't amazing things to be seen, and it's quite amazing that we have the ability to see anything out there in the night sky. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovian View Post
    He's just trying to make you aware of the futility of trying to achieve such high magnifications.

    You mentioned moons... these are very visible under low power such as 50x, and will look like faint little stars orbiting the planet. However, and I think i'm safe in saying this, you will never resolve a moon other than our own to anything more than a point of light from the type of scope available to amateurs.

    This is just the reality of Astronomy, but that doesn't mean there aren't amazing things to be seen, and it's quite amazing that we have the ability to see anything out there in the night sky. Good luck.
    I'm aware. I would just like the ability to see them, be they specs of light or a shadow casted on the planet.
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    Have you considered getting a good zoom eyepiece like the Baader Hyperion 8-24mm zoom? It will allow you to dial in the right/maximum magnification for your scope on any given night and the quality/performance is at par with good fixed focal length units. Just an option to consider.

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    I have a Celestron 8SE and with my 12.5mm plossl EP I can see Saturn's rings clearly and usually a couple moons.

    I know your FL is larger than mine, (mine being 2032) but I have yet to get a clear image with anything more powerful than the 12.5, except on the moon.

    I'm not an expert in anything that has to do with astronomy, just a casual observer currently, but I can speak from personal experience in saying that your going to have trouble on your average clear night getting that high of magnification.

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    im getting my scope on saturday...a 4" Nexstar SE. I too want to see saturn and its detail. And being an avid sci fi fan....daydreaming is a good thing. Dont Stop

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    Yeah, a Zoom EP might do you good.
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