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Posted by Mike Castagno on December 31, 2001 19:59:50 UTC

Hopefully its just my location(only a hour south of God Bless NYC), but, Celestron states,
"Its large 4.5" diameter outshines smaller scopes. Polar caps on Mars become visible along with the cloud belts on Jupiter. The rings of Saturn are clearly visible. Most exciting is the wide variety of deep sky objects (stars, clusters, nebulae). Because of their optical design, reflectors are best suited for astronomical use."
Well...when I kill my eyes to focus, I see the cloud belts. The rings are obvious; however, no Polar caps nor deep sky nebulae. I have seen clouds(inside Orion)...but nothing spectacular. I have read that 50x aperture is the general magnification so i never use anything above 4mm...maybes its just my location; maybe its the Moon's light(because its been really close to both Saturn and Jupiter the past few days in my locale).
All I meant when i mentioned the planets was that they grow, yes, but not to an incredibly, clear extent.
My email address is my post-name plus @aol.com, so, feel free to use that if its easier for you. Not to mention, you seem to know what youre talking about, so I'll get back to you.
Thanks again!

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