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  1. I own a Nexstar Evolution 9.25 and I do exclusively visual observation on it. I noticed that the exit whole of the scope is larger than 1.25" but smaller than 2". So my question is will I benefit in upgrading the star diagonal to a 2" and getting 2" EP for this scope? Will I gain in TFOV? Will the image be brighter? I know that ultimately the max TFOV is inherent to the scope design but will I maximise it bu upgrading to a a 2" setup? 2nd question: Suppose I decide to stick to a 1.25" setup, is it worth it to upgrade to a better star diagonal that the one already provided by Celestron? Again I only do visual and like to look at everything from planets to DSO. Thanks.
  2. Actually It is me who is asking the exact same question ... and yes I will go for the standard 9.25" Evo as I don't intend to do any AP in the near future. Now the natural following question: do I get better eyepieces or stick with the ones provided (Plossl) with the package? The Astronomy shop in my neighbourhood is suggesting I get a pari of Celestron X-cell as they offer wide FOVs...
  3. Thanks Highburymark, So the consensus is that the HD is really just for better AP but considering that the EVo is not an AP scope either way so might as well get the 9.25" for visual...
  4. So here I am all ready and set to purchase the Celestron Nexstar Evo 9.25" and, by total accident, I see posted on Celestron website that they will be launching the Evo 8" HD!!! Thing is that this won't be ready to ship before July. And now I am really confused whether I wait or just go and buy the evo 9.25" and start using it. how different are the normal OTA vs the HD ones? Is it worth the wait? Price is not really a problem here... but time is. Please let me have your comments and inputs. Regards.
  5. Hi Billyharris, Stars are a bit blurry/fuzzy on the edges of the eyepiece but look like dots in the centre. Jupiter is a small yellowish round that glares annoyingly with Barlow + 10 mm. I forgot to mention that I was on a rooftop in a average light polluted area... hahahah not it hasn't , I am currently on vacation in the mediterranean area...
  6. Hello! I am a beginner astronomer and just purchased my first telescope: Celestron Astromaster EQ130. I decided to start "small" with an entry level scope and learn the trade as I progress. I could easily afford one of the more advance computerised scope but I want to learn the basics firsts... also the night sky isn't going anywhere so I guess I have time. I am currently located at latitude 33 degrees approx. The first thing I decided to observe was Jupiter being an easy target well lit... so I aligned my scope and balance it and then point it towards Jupiter. It took me a good 20 minutes to be able to zero it on my 20mm eyepieces and thanks to proper setup I was able to follow it through the RA knob only. now what I saw was a shiny yellow dot with 3/4 moons next to it. I increased the magnification with a Barlow x2 and switched to a 10mm eyepiece. Honestly I though I would see it much bigger but it was still a slightly bigger dot with the moons. I couldn't make the bands appear. Thing is that I presume it is due to the strong flashing luminosity glaring at my eye that make it impossible for me to see the details on the planet. Is my understanding correct? Do I need to apply some sort of filter in order to discern the bands? Or is my magnification simply not enough? What are some tips to get a better more detailed view of the planet? please note that Saturn appears like a small yellowing bulb with its rings clearly visible and Mars is just a small red dot with no discernable features. Thank you!
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