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Viewing Jupiter

Postby corxxgold on Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:02 pm

Hello- I have a Celestron Astromaster 114 eq Telescope, I get a nice view of Jupiter and its moons now with the supplied 10mm lense. Is there a lense or eyepiece I could achieve greater detail with, such as viewing the bands and spot on Jupiter with better detail. I am mostly interested in viewing Planets and the moon. I have the supplied 20mm and 10mm eyepiece that were supplied with the telescope, can you recommend which eyepieces are best for planetary viewing. Thanks,,, Tom
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Re: Viewing Jupiter

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:08 am

Hi

Be careful. A scope that size will quickly lose image quality if you use too much magnification and, in the end, you see less detail, not more; nor is the mount designed to handle high magnifications. Lastly, as magnification increases, the scope becomes much harder to use. For best results, I would try to keep magnifications at a max of 150-175x and no more. That would translate to about 6 or 7mm eyepiece.

Since telescope eyepieces are the most important accessory for any telescope, you may also wish to do more reading with my article, Ten Telescope Eyepiece Questions
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