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Posted by Nick Lazzaro on April 20, 2004 03:51:24 UTC

What most scope makers won't tell you is that those smaller scopes won't give you the deep sky objects. Even in a dark sky situation, the 4.5 aperture (minus the area obstructed by the secondary structure) is not sufficient to bring in any detail. You may find the object that you are looking for but even then you won't be able to tell what you are looking at.
Scopes that small are good for planetary and lunar observing.
My suggestion would be to get at least an 8" and get out of the city to use it.

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