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By Hairy Gazer
I currently have a Celestron Powerseeker 127 and am obviously finding it hard to see DSO's (Andromeda and M13 looks like a grey smudge).
I was looking at buying a 10inch Dob, but was wondering if Andromeda and M13 would still look like a grey smudge, but just a bigger one.
Also, I was worried about nudging a dob at 400x magnification, would the object just shoot out of view?
Any advise on this would be great.
I have finally gotten through my second round of acquiring equipment to get myself where I'd like to be viewing-wise. At current time I am just viewing and sketching, no photography. I have a new 2" dielectric diagonal for use with my Celestron 8SE. I have 3 new EPs, all are Explore Scientific 82*, I got the 30mm, 18mm and 4.7mm. I have come to realize the 4.7mm may be a bit much zoom for my scope, but that's okay. I love these EPs and will see if I can't find occasion to use it. Anyway, I also got myself a DGM Optics 2" Nebula Filter. I've only been out once with it on a night when I had some other technical difficulties and ended up not getting to mess around with it as much as I would have liked. In the little bit of experimenting I did with it, I didn't have any luck seeing any of the nebulas I looked for. I was under dark skies and viewing conditions were good. I looked for the North America nebula and a couple others I can't remember.
I have now been waiting for the skies to clear, and when I go back out I hope to get to see some things that are better through the filter. Does anybody have any suggestions for DSO's that would be good targets with my specific filter?
As a follow up question, I've been looking into the possibility of getting an OIII filter, but finding that they are quite expensive. Are there significant benefits in having an OIII filter if I am not taking photos?
Thanks everyone and hope you folks across the pond are finally getting some clear skies! I have been hearing a lot of talk of cloudy nights lately!