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  1. I Just bought a celestron astromaster 130EQ and I am still getting used to star hopping plus the red dot star pointer is a bit annoying. Will it be beneficial to invest in a 40mm eyepiece to make star hopping easier ? Will the larger field of view provided by the 40mm eyepiece be worthwhile ?
  2. Hi astropeeps Can anyone explain why the view through a 21mm celestron ultima duo eyepiece frames the moon perfectly, but when I attach the camera it acts more like a 18mm eyepiece and a third of the moon is out of frame? Do I need an extender of some sort or a better camera? I have a LUMIX G7, micro 4/3 mount. Cheers The Nut
  3. OK so just as I was writing my original and confused question I had a thought and think I might have worked it out. I've attached a drawing to try and show what I mean and help others if they're ever as confused as I was. I could only find sources that quoted brightness reduces four-fold for a two-fold increase in magnification, but I just couldn't wrap my head around and visualise it (too little mental exercise these days!!) - I knew it was something to do with the area of a circle but that's about it. Then I had a thought and made a little drawing: The blue circle represents what the telescope can see - for example it's maximum field of view (i.e. the most amount of sky it could ever possibly see: I worked out a theoretical 18.92 degrees for the SW200P - the second image shows how I came to this conclusion). The grey object (of no particular shape) in the middle of these blue circles is the same size because as far as the telescope is concerned the sky is the same scale (the scope still "see's" the same circle of sky). The red circle represents a lower power eyepiece's view and encircles a larger [field of view] area of the sky (the lower red circle show's what we'd see in the eyepiece: a smaller, brighter object) The green line represents a higher power eyepiece's view and encircles a narrower [field of view] area of the sky (the lower green circle show's what we'd see in the eyepiece: a larger, dimmer object) Am I right in thinking that the higher power eyepiece takes the light from a smaller [field of view] 'circle' in the sky than the lower power, but 'blows it up' to the same size in the eyepiece for us to see, as in the lower green and red circles? And if so is that what explains why the brightness goes down four-fold for a two-times magnification (because the light from a smaller [field of view] area is being shown at the same/similar size to the eye)? And essentially is this right: the scope always see's the same [field of view] 'circle' of the sky but the different eyepieces pick out different sized [field of view] 'circles' of this? Before I realised this I was under the delusional and confused impression that a smaller object in the sky might be brighter because the whole of the objective aperture could be used for that one object!!
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