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magnification needed to see Saturn

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magnification needed to see Saturn

Postby opticsplanet.com on Tue Oct 19, 2004 6:38 pm

Hi,
My 11 year old son would like to be able to see the rings of saturn and
the planet jupiter with a telescope. What is the minimum focal length
or power needed to be able to spot these planets. We were interested
in the Bushnell 420x refractor telescope. Would this telescope allow
us to see these planets?

thank you
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Tue Oct 19, 2004 6:40 pm

Hi Arnie

You will be able to see the rings of Saturn with as little as 50x
magnification. Small telescopes such as the Bushnell will offer useable
magnification of up to 150x under ideal viewing conditions, but the best
images will be at 50-125x. Do not expect to use the advertised 420x.

I would be glad to help if you or your 11 yr. old need any more information.
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