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So I have been reading this forum for the last few days and I think my head is about to explode with the amount of info I’m trying to take in. I have a Meade Polaris 130EQ reflecting scope; it’s an f5 fast scope with a 650mm focal length. It came with three EP and a 2x Barlow. The EPs are 6.3mm, 9mm & 26mm. My interest at the moment is viewing planets. Jupiter is an easy one for me to find, but I’m not very impressed with the view I’m getting. It’s basically a white disc a couple mm wide with 3 or 4 small dots. I realise that Jupiter isn’t at the best elevation at the moment which isn’t going to help things. I have seen pictures online from people using 130mm scopes being able to view the different colour belts. Would an upgrade of my eyepieces help get a clearer image or is that beyond my scopes ability? I have read the post about the essential EP to have and it says for an F5 to have 8, 18 & 25mm. So looking at FLO I have found the following two 8mm EP that are within budget. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces/bst-starguider-60-8mm-ed-eyepiece.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-npl-eyepieces.html Any advice on this would be great.
Hi everyone! I am looking for a good beginner’s telescope that we could enjoy for years to come. My 10-year old son has wanted a telescope forever and is constantly reading up on the sky in encyclopaedias. For my tight single-mom budget, I have found two options that seem appealing (I am enclined to go with a Dobsonian over a refractor, following comments on better image clarity): 1. Skywatcher 130mm/f650 with EQ mount (2nd hand for CA$125) including 25 wide angle, 10mm and 3.6mm. 2. Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ (new for CA$200 including taxes) including 20mm, 4mm and 3x Barlow lenses, The Sky software and a 2-year warranty (and although the website calls it a "refractor" telescope, I’m pretty sure it is a Dob). Could you please advise me on these two options? Thank you ?