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LWeber

Hello, From Orlando, Florida

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Hi everyone so excited to be a part of Stargazers Lounge. I have always looked to the stars in wonderment and had small telescopes and not really seen more than our own solar system and quite poorly.  My hubby just got me a Celestron NexStar 8SE (354x Max Mag. ) Focal length 2032mm, F/10.0 Focal Ratio, Schmidt - Cassegrain Telescope 8 inch Aperture (203mm). Also  got a case which included 5 color lens & additional lens: e-lux 40mm, 32mm & 26mm plus 2x .  Plus we already switched out the original star finderpoint  with a 9.5 R.A.C.I. Finderscope .

I'm looking to get things like:

Dew Shield, White light filter (for sun viewing), Urban city filter and Moon filter and a Celestron NEXYZ 3 - axis Universal Smartphone Adapter. 

I'd appreciate any good sites for purchasing said items as they're are not any good local hobby shops around here.

Also any advise on which lens to get next so that I can see much further into space especially things like Helix Nebulae (Eye of God)

I did see so far, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Moon, Mercury ( none of which showed their true colors just white lights ( so I definitely need certain lens to alter that effect.) and  Saturn, But Saturn was only the size of a pencil eraser, which was greatly disappointing (granted it is currently 1.01 billion miles away....lol).  I did find Pleiades just kinda fuzzy lights, and Acamar Theta Eridani So help on which lens to use would be greatly appreciated.

Frankly I cant understand how I can see Saturn so far away and venus is so close but so small in my telescope I expected to see it half the size of the moon in it . I'm such a newb!

Anyhoo, Hi everyone!

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Hello and welcome to the community, hope you enjoy your time with us 

to get your questions answered, post in the relevant forum.

See you around the forums.

Good luck and Clear Sky's.

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Really good to have you here. Don’t worry too much about equipment right now. Enjoy any clear nights you have and learn the sky if you haven’t done that already.

 Marv

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Welcome from across the ditch

Pacific Ocean

Hope you both have lot of enjoyment out of your new Celestron, you can not go far wrong with that particular scope

John

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Hello LWeber and welcome to the lounge,  been to your state a few times and really enjoyed the night sky down there, we share the same shore so to speak but alas 

it is much warmer in your neck of the woods this time of year, enjoy the views with your new telescope and have fun.

 

Rick

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Welcome try 7x50 binoculars on thel Pleiades better than a telescope  have fun and send us some clear sky's.

Celestron 6se Meade 90etx fuller scopes 150 newtonium 

 

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Hello and welcome.. unfortunately the planets are all very low on the ecliptic atm, a few years time and they're be higher up and therefore  you will see more details and colour in the cloud belts of Jupiter etc( looking through thinner atmosphere)

One thing to remember is at night you only see in black and white and shades of grey( to do with cones and stalks in your eyes so to see in colour is very difficult) you can see Jupiter with red/ brown belts thou..

The single thing that got me hooked when I first got my 8inch sct was m42, I kind of found it by accident,  I knew there was a nebula there but the penny didnt really drop until I see this big grey cloud.. awesome... clear skies and the best of luck 

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Welcome to the forum. Get used to using your scope first and have fun. Don't worry about the expectations you have, just explore and experiment. You'll be surprised how much more you begin to see. Training the eye/brain over time will allow you to see much more and the subtle details. Use averted vision on nebulae and galaxies as the eye is more sensitive to low light that way. Google it if you've not come across this term. As said, have fun and enjoy. 

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