Hi Everyone - as a middle aged man who now has more time on his hands after both my adult kids are moving out of the house, I thought I'd return to a childhood passion of mine and try and look at the sky with a nice telescope. After reading these forums and other websites with a lot of interesting information, I decided to purchase the Celestron Nexstar 8SE along with the 1.25" eyepiece and filter accessory kit (and an AC adaptor).
Last night, in my suburban (25 miles away from CBD) home, I sat out on my deck and went through all the steps which worked very well. The telescope calibrated according to the steps and I was ready to take my tour. I set my sights (literally and figuratively) on Jupiter and Saturn but they were low on the horizon all night (for me) and whenever I was able to see them, all I saw was bright points of light rather than any magnified detail. I also used SkySafari on my Android phone to double confirm that I was seeing what I was supposed to see. I only used the original equipment (25mm eyepiece) and did not substitute any other eyepieces. So it was a rather underwhelming experience but after doing more reading this morning, I think I've come to a few conclusions:
1) These planets were too low on the horizon for me to see well and I should have waited until they were higher in the night sky.
2) I may want to move to a smaller eyepiece to get better magnification.
3) I may just live too close to a big city where the light pollution is difficult to overcome.
That said, I was able to see Saturn and its rings 20 years ago from the same back deck with a $100 telescope when my now adult son was very little. If I'm missing anything basic, I'd love to hear from any of you with any advice and I hope to learn, grow and become a long-term participating member here for years to come. Thanks in advance!
Edited by Realfan, 02 August 2021 - 02:39 PM.