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What Can I Expect to See....?

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I was one of those novices who thought i would see close up, colorful images of everything like i see in the books.

Only to feel let down when i actually looked through my new telescope, but what has surprised me is i am still passionate and intrigued by space and all that is out there.

My most memorable evening was spent looking at Saturn and even though it was small (very small) i can say i have seen it and it's rings with my own eye's and as the OP states the longer you look the more you see, so don't spend just a few minutes starring at the new found object and then move on to something else, plan on a good hour or so and you will see a whole lot more than you did in the first few minutes i guarantee it.

BTW you don't have to keep your eye at the EP the whole time, you look for a few minutes at a time, take a swig of coffee, relax and marvel at the fact that what you and others see as a star with the naked eye is actually something a whole lot more when viewed through a telescope.

Great post and a must read for all new and old into astronomy.

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....I knew things would be small but my most memorable moment so-far, from my limited view of the night sky, is with Jupiter, and only for a few  fleeting seconds,  perfect image, burnt to memory,  looking forward for the next one.
My worst letdown, M31 from my garden, until  viewed from a darker site,  now even my 70° afov may  not wide enough?

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Very interesting to a total beginner!.. need to buy a Hubble.. 😔 or spend more time on a comfy chair looking at the stars! Appreciate your time to post. 

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