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Help w/Viewing Saturn and other stuff

  1. Apr 9, 2009 #1
    Hi all I just got my girlfriend a Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope
    with 900 mm full lengh

    it came with a 10mm and a 25 mm lens
    I also bought a Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens, 1.25"
    and a moon filter

    Saturday was her birthday It gets great shots of the moon
    We tried looking at Saturn seeing it was out last night but can't get to close

    We see it shinning like a star but what would I need to get a CLOSER look at it?

    Or any other planets for that matter

    (besides a new telescope)

    Any strong lenses that will do me better?

    Any info will be greatly appreciated on this or any other tips on neat stuff you guys and gals can think of

    Thanks Mike
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  3. Apr 9, 2009 #2


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    Are you sure that you were looking at Saturn? You have enough magnification at your disposal to see the planet as a disk, though you may not see the rings very well because they are almost edge-on currently. If the telescope is properly collimated (shows faint stars as nice pin-points), you should easily see the disk of Saturn. If not, it's likely that you were training the 'scope on a bright star instead.
  4. Apr 9, 2009 #3


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    Welcome to PF.
    No one's buying that, so give it up. I just hope she likes you enough that she forgives you for buying yourself a present for her birthday! :wink:
    A very good starter scope.
    I agree that if it wasn't obviously Saturn, then it was probably a star. It is tough to see the rings right now (they'd just be a sliver), but you should see a well defined disk and some stripes, including a well-defined stripe down the middle (the shadow of the rings).

    If you haven't already, you can use the 10mm with the barlow if conditions are good and the image shold still be relatively sharp.
  5. Apr 9, 2009 #4
    LOL Russ
    I have taken it over but it was for her, and she loves it and thanked me all night for it that it was the best gift.
    She was still using her one her parents got for her when she was 10.
    She is now 45.

    So the intent was for her, but I have to say I am getting more into this then her.

    But not my fault.

    Ok to the Planet.

    I didn't see anything big enough to tell if it was a planet or a star.
    I understand I probably wont see the rings right now, but It was like the size of a pencil tip so I couldnt tell anything other then a shiny light,.

    you are in PA?

    Im In NJ

    what are those 2 bright lights out in the morning on the east horizon right ahead of the sun?

    I believe I read on of them is Venus?

    And what is that light that is out tonight just as it was getting dark.
    First light in the sky tonight.

    My scope, (hum hum Her Scope)

    is just a tad smaller then your set up there.

    Dang , nasa no you got there scope?
  6. Apr 9, 2009 #5


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    Then you probably were looking in the wrong place. Saturn is no brighter than an average star, so you may have been looking at a brighter nearby star (Regulus, maybe).
    Yes, 20 mi west of Philly.
    Yes, the other one (further from the sun in the sky) is Jupiter.
    There are no really bright planets out in the evening sky right now. The first thing you would see is sirius, due south at sunset.
    I love my baby!
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