Re: (IAAC) FWD: What should I buy?
Hi again one point I want to make though:
:While there are a handful of deep-sky objects that require low power to be
:fully appreciated, the fact remains that there are thousands of globular
:clusters, nebulae, and small galaxies that are best seen at higher
:magnifications. There are of course many factors involved here (aperture,
:seeing, experience, etc.). (I regularly use 17 and 20" scopes at powers of
:118 to 324x for deep-sky observing.
I don't know what kind of extras you may have or if you operate a Dob or
not. But I need to use a pretty low power to find most things. Of course
there is star hopping, and this just takes experience as you said; however;
I find that higher powers render too dark of a background to effectively
zero in on objects via star or asterism hopping. I do however use higher
powers to examine objects like M13 or other objects. I do find that using
powers over 250x best for planetary viewing.... I am sure purely subjective