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Lucky imaging with Celestron 14 - is this result reasonable?

I attempted to do some lucky imaging of Jupiter using a permanent installation (Celestron 14" SCT + Paramount ME II) and Nikon D5600 attached directly to a Baader Hyperion 8-24mm eyepiece (...
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Why can’t I see any detail on planets?

I really want to know why I can’t see detail on planets. This summer my Dad and I went on a trip to Utah I went outside to look at the planets and couldn’t see detail on Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. ...
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Can the electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational be seen by 'small' telescopes?

As follow-up question for my previous question I'm thinking about the search for the electromagnetic (EM) counterpart of a gravitational wave (GW). Is it possible to search for those events with '...
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My local night sky is so bright that I can only see the Moon, so would a low-cost telescope be any use?

Light pollution is so bad near our home that we can't see anything other the Moon in the night sky. For instance there is a street light on all night right in our lane and there are many other housing ...
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How can I improve the Field of View of my home-made telescope?

I made my telescope, with two convex lens of focal length 1000mm and eyepiece (plano-convex) with 25mm focal length. But I can see only a very small field of view, with inverted image. Do I need to ...
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Distance between objective lens and eyepiece

I am trying to make home telescope, I have a convex lens of focal length 1000mm and eyepiece (plano-convex) with 25mm focal length. What is the ideal distance between objective and eyepiece to see ...
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Effect of black coating on the inside of a hobby telescope's tube?

I was watching this (rather old) episode of "The Making, where they show how a telescope is built in a factory. At 7:34, the cylindrical body of the telescope is shown to have a dark coating on ...
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Minimum telescope needed to see the rings of the Saturn

I am a total novice. My daughter, likes Saturn. Since Saturn is so close I thought it was a good time to view it with her. What are the minimum needed telescope specs? Update: Can answer answers be ...
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What is the magnification of my new telescope?

I just bought a Skywatcher telescope with a diameter of 60 mm and a focal length of 900 mm. I have a 2x Barlow lens and two eyepieces with focal lengths of 10 mm and 20 mm. How can I calculate the ...
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How to install the Barlow lens on this telescope?

I've brought a 4.5inch astronomical telescope recently which has an aperture of 114mm and a focal length of 1000mm, and two eyepieces. The two eyepieces were of 25mm and 10mm. I enjoyed stargazing ...
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What to expect to see

I have telescope with a diameter of 60 mm and a focal length of 900 mm. I have a 2x Barlow lens and eyepieces with focal lengths of 10 mm. Can I see any details of any galaxies? Andromeda for an ...
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Which Barlow lens should I choose, 2x or 3x?

I recently bought a 6-inch reflector, 750 mm focal length and I want to get a Barlow lens to get better observations. I have 2 eyepieces, one 9mm and one 25mm. My question is: Should I go for a ...
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Telescope focal length, reducer and/or Barlow

Say I have a scope with a given diameter $D$, a given focal length $f$, and a given exit barrel diameter $B$. It has a maximum true FoV of $B/f$ (supposing $B<<f$). Would adding a 0.5x focal ...
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What is the maximum distance measurable with parallax? [duplicate]

What is the furthest star or celestial object whose distance has been calculated with parallax and how does it compare to the theoretical limit using today's telescopes? And how exactly does telescope ...
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How to plot curvilinear coordinates in the frame of a Cartesian telescope field of view

I am wondering what projection is used to produce plots like this: (Image taken from here, author: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech, Image credit: Software Bisque) More generally, I am trying to figure out the ...
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What was the largest telescope ever fitted with an eyepiece

Serious modern telescopes use CCDs to capture the results. This makes it convenient to process or display the results halfway around the world. However, there is something visceral about looking ...
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I can't see any detail through my telescope

I have a AILINK 114mm diameter, 900mm focal length, reflector telescope. I'm able to see the moon very well however, I can't see Planets very clearly The first two images are what I can see and the ...
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Frames per second capabilities cameras currently installed in Modern Telescopes?

What are the present real-time capabilities of various modern telescopes as video cameras? How do these compare with the capabilities various of space telescopes? For example, if it was known that ...
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Number of actuators in adaptive optics

It is well known that diffraction resolution of a telescope depends on the exterior radius of aperture: One can, for instance, use just a narrow outer ring of a parabolic mirror and the resolution ...
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What's the rationale behind the false colours in solar observation photographs?

Images from SOHO, SDO and other sun observatories are often coloured differently for different wavelengths or temperatures: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/science/Sun-Wavelength-Chart....
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Which telescope would be better with a DSLR?

I'm interested in astrophotography and since I haven't left my home in six weeks, my interest in photographing the skies has been growing. I'm on a tight budget and I've found these two options: A ...
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Why are telescopes positioned in Lagrange points?

In this Wikipedia article about the list of space telescopes to be launched (which I assume is exhaustive), of the 11 telescopes yet to be launched, 6 will be positioned at the Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange ...
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How does diffraction occur in a reflecting telescope?

It's understandable how diffraction occurs in refracting telescopes, because the lens itself is a small aperture for light to pass through. But what about reflecting telescopes? Since light is ...
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Why are Cassegrain telescopes shorter than Newtonian reflecting telescopes?

Many websites say this is because the effective focal length of the objective is increased by making the secondary mirror convex. This allows a Cassegrain telescope to be shorter than a similarly ...
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How do focal length, angular magnification and field of view relate?

The larger the focal length the larger the angular magnification The smaller the focal length the larger the field of view. I don't understand why this applies. I'm talking specifically about ...
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Why are larger hex mirrors round and the smaller aren't?

Per this diagram why are the larger (30 meter and European) mirrors filled out to nearly a full circle, while the smaller mirrors composed of hexagons retain a hexagonal border limit instead of ...
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Astronomical telescope making

I am thinking about making a telescope. I have a 100cm focal length lens which I can use as objective lens in my telescope. So which is the best focal length I can use as eyepiece in my astronomical ...
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Yesterday I saw multiple moving objects in my telescope when i was looking for M31. Do you have any idea what it could be? [duplicate]

Yesterday, when I was looking at the Andromeda Galaxy in my telescope. I saw three star like objects, moving across the sky. I followed them to see what is was, though i still don't know. They where ...
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Is looking through a telescope to do astronomy a thing of the past?

Do astronomers actually look through a telescope with the naked eye or do they mostly look the the data generated by telescopes on computers? Are they mostly working behind the computer and pencil ...
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Which telescope's model is being shown to Albert Einstein in this file footage? What event might this be?

In the Economist video Why does time pass? there is some file footage of Albert Einstein attending some event where a model of a large telescope is on display, and being described to Prof. Einstein. ...
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Why not us interferometry to take a picture of Pluto?

Interferometry is among the best ways (if not, the best way!) to have an image of a very distant object. Recently a picture of the black hole at the center of M87 was released. It is the result of ...
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lousy mirror corrected by software

Would it be possible to get a terribly shaped mirror, like a large sheet of something reflective, give it a general shape like a telescope mirror, but not anywhere near as precisely shaped as in a ...
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Could mirrors be replaced with CCDs?

Why do telescopes use mirrors that simply reflect photons, when they instead could be covered with large sensors to register them? Reflection is all good and well, all thanks to silver and beryllium ...
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Space telescope located in outer solar system

I want to pose a question from someone who's astronomy knowledge would fit neatly onto a single piece of paper so please bear this in mind with any comments or answers. I am interested and want to ...
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What could I resolve with my Telescope

I recently won a Common 50mm refracting telescope with Solar Filter too.. I'm trying to Understand things I can skygaze with it. It's pretty basic and I should have known. Unfortunately, I don't ...
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Constructing a periscope/telescope - trouble with lenses

Not sure if this is the best place for this, maybe physics would be a better fit, but I'm trying to build a periscope and am running into an issue. Traditional mirror periscopes work well, but when ...
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How was astronomical data meant to be handled on HST precursors?

The first drafts for a large space telescope such as Hubble were made in the 60's, and the idea of a space observatory originated long before that. From Wikipedia: In 1968, NASA developed firm ...
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Why are telescope mirrors made of glass?

Optical telescope mirrors are typically made from endlessly polished glass surfaces that have been aluminised to provide a very smooth surface of reflective aluminium. But why the need for glass at ...
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What's the cheapest lens to buy for showing ISS to a flat earther?

Recently I entered a discussion with someone that has a relatively popular YouTube channel which says among other things that the earth is flat. I said that earth isn't flat because you can see the ...
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How does the black hole at the center of M87 look like in the visible spectrum?

I learned here that the picture of the black hole we saw all over the news was a false color image, based on the radio spectrum emissions. How would the black hole at the center of M87 look like when ...
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What would happen if someone had a telescope and watched Betelgeuse when it goes supernova?

Would that person go blind? Neutrino detectors and the abundance of Neutrinos would detect the upcoming visible show about 3 hours before any visible signs, so there would be time to point certain ...
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Telescope selection for concrete uses

Suppose I want to build or buy a telescope for the following uses: Astrophotography (mainly galaxies and nebulae). Transits of exoplanets and binary systems like Cygnus X-1. To search for BH+star ...
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Verifying refractor lens about scratches

I found an used Skywatcher 70mm telescope for buying, but its lenses are a little suspect about harming. In one photo, it looks clearly a scratch, but in the another, it is not visible. Could it be an ...
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DSO in a 60mm telescope

I am thinking about buying a telescope, but here in Brazil they are very expensive and hard to find where to buy. So, the better telescope I can pay for is a Celestron Powerseeker 60AZ. My main ...
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Is moisture harmful to a Newtonian Reflector?

It is often cold outside, especially in the evening. So when I take my Newtonian Reflector back in my house, it starts condense. Can the water destroy my telescope? or the mirrors? Do I have to clean ...
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mirror image of the earth in the past [duplicate]

For example, if there was an object somewhere in the room, say 100 light years away, which would have to be very large and have the surface of a mirror, you could theoretically point the telescope at ...
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A smudge near Jupiter

I was looking at the Jupiter for the first time today and I have noticed a smudge near it. Could someone explain what it is, please? I was looking online but did not find anything. So I thought that ...
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How to pick a telescope? [closed]

I am trying to find a started telescope for my high school sister and my goals are to have awesome pictures and to let her explore her interest in the stars! They live in a clear night sky area so Im ...
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Second Telescope: Maksutov Cassegrain vs Refractor

I bought my first telescope, a 3-inch refractor a few weeks ago. It has been a wonderful experience seeing the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn magnified and Andromeda, M33, M81 and much more for the first time. ...
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How can I determine if a typical low-end telescope is a refractor or reflector?

Is there a way to distinguish (with no manual, product info etc)?

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