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Re: Meade DS-127EC /Autostar

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Posted by Kip Crawford on November 23, 1999 08:29:25 UTC

You will deffinatly see most of the planets. (pluto I'm not so sure. 13 mag.) You will have no problems with the moon and sun of course. As for deep sky objects, expect limits. For a 4.25 to 5" apreture, you can see up to maybe magnitude 9, maybe 10 with some if any detail. You will see M31 Andromeda galaxy, also should see M57 Ring Nebula (very small though) M27 Dumbell Nebula, M13,92,3,15,2,4,11,45 star clusters and a few more. As for really deep. You can just about write off M57 Whirlpool Galaxy, M97 Owl Nebula and its' neighbor M108. These are what you may not see in a 5" scope. M101,109,65,66 in Leo. You can forget the Virgo cluster. You will need very dark and calm nights to see even a hint of them. So, those are some of the limits. If you have at least a 8", you will see everything mentioned and a heck of a lot more. You could consider getting a 8" f/6 Dobs for less than $500. It is manual, but you said you forgot most of the constellations. What better way to learn the sky and "hunt" for your targets and be able to see most of them. I hope you "remember" and continue to enjoy ameteur astronomy in the future.

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