I've only been in the hobby for about a year. Never even looked through a scope before last summer. The planetary display of last July-August got me hooked!!!
So, I bought a 10" dob from Orion and I have the Orion 25mm plossl and barlow that came with the scope, as well as purchasing the Celestron "kit" with 5 plossls and a handful of color filters, so I could kinda research what I really wanted to see with this scope. After much study and reading reviews on CN and other sites, I added a 62 degree 26mm Explore Scientific eyepiece as well as their 82 degree 8.8mm eyepiece. I also picked up the Lumicon UHC and O-III filters and WOW!!! What a difference!!!
My question is this: I have a decent scope and some entry level EP's and was floored after adding the higher-end EP's and filters and would like to know, how in the world did Messier and Galileo map and discover the deep and fuzzy things way back in the day, with the hardware deficit they had to work with? No doubt, they had remarkably dark skies, but even with the gear I have and knowing where to look, I struggle to find some of the brighter objects. Thanks for the input!!!