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The Shepherd

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  1. Tagging onto this question if I may... I have the standard Celestron eyepiece kit to use with a 900 mm 4" ED refractor. To get better planetary views (at optimum magnification for planetary work) what would be the best eyepiece to go for? Many thanks
  2. Thanks Paul - this looks like a good read - there is a free partial book preview available on google books - I think that I'll try to get hold of a hard copy.
  3. A telescope view simulator would be helpful... The only one I've seen only has a few scope types for comparison and does not include refractors www.telescope-simulator.com Are there any other simulators out there?
  4. Are there any decent boxes or bags on the market to help store a telescope more safely. I have a 4" 900 mm refractor and EQ mount, still stored in the various cardboard boxes but look for something a little more durable Any thoughts?
  5. Paul, Alan, Trull and Andrew Thanks for the replies. Quite a few things here to keep me out of mischief for a while! Is there a book out there for small telescope owners with a similar list of projects within the limitation of a 4" refractor? Spent sometime last night viewing the lunar surface which was staggering and also had a look at Jupiter. Still a little disappointed here as I could discern little cloud detail, just say see north and south bands. That said there was light pollution and Jupiter was low down in sky. Was using about 120x magnification (15 mm eyepiece with 2x barlow) Is this all I can expect or am I doing something wrong, or maybe it was just the light pollution?? Cheers Rob
  6. Hello Greg Thanks very much for this helpful advice - I'm new to EQ mounts and was unsure about how to use the setting circles and my telescope instruction manual really complicated things! Your simple advice really clarifies things! Thanks!
  7. As a new owner of a 4" refractor (Celestron Omni XLT 102ED with both EQ and Alt-Az Mounts) and new to SGL I'd appreciate some advice on where I should be pointing my scope and what delights await (sadly viewing conditions have prevented me from seeing much so far! and I'm in a sub-urban environment with less than clear skies!) I have a celestron eyepiece kit including 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 10mm, 15mm, 25mm and 32mm with 2x barlow. I've seen incredible lunar detail, but in sub-optimal viewing conditions Jupiter only appeared to be about 2-3 mm in diameter and I could just say make out two bands. Can I expect more of Jupiter? I'd love to hear the sorts of things I should expect to be able to see with the kit that I have and where I should be pointing my scope when the skies clear. Thanks for any advice
  8. Thanks for the helpful replies. I've read a lot that with a 4" refractor that there is really a lot to see in the night sky. Obviously I don't expect to see images as we see in books or online, but what can I really expect to see? How much plantary detail am I likely to see? Am I likely to see any nebulae or other DSOs clearly? Many thanks
  9. Advice please... What would be the best scope to buy between a Celestron Omni XLT 102 ED (with 900 mm focal length) or the larger Celestron Omni XLT 120 (with 1000 mm focal length but without the ED lens)? I'm not sure about the real term benefits of an ED lens. If anyone is using either of these scopes could you please give a report on their performance? Many thanks
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