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Not seeing i am new to this and have bought a celestron nexstar 130 far i am happy with it...but it seems i am not doing something right. the moon close up is wonderful but i was hoping to see mars,jupiter, and saturn also. i have a 40mm,25mm,9mm,and 6mm eyepieces.also have ordered a 2x barlowe. could you suggest any help...i am in the charleston sc area....will the city lights hurt me that much?

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The city lights will not hamper planetary viewing. Excessive power is a common mis-conception. Use 80x or so for best viewing. That would be about a 4mm eyepiece. Start with lower powers and work upwards in easy steps. The greater the power, the narrower the field of view, and it becomes very hard to find anything at all.

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Little correction here...better google a magification calculator, PaulMo?

I agree that a 4mm eyepiece would be awesome for planetary viewing. But it has a hellava lot more power than 80x on a 130mm scope. Try like near double that. Focal length of 650 with that eyepiece on the Celestron 130 will give you162.5 mag. Still well under it's max useful mag though of 306. So don't bother barlowing it or you'll never focus.

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