I just got a skyqquest xt6! Any tips?

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galaxy_infinite

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Hello! I just bought myself a new Skyquest xt6 classic and I saw the moon up close and Jupiter for the First time. I have some rather newbie questions, is it possible being near Oklahoma City to view a galaxy? My ultimate goal is to see a galaxy because they are my favorite space object. What filters would you recommend for me to see a galaxy or nebula? I have only the 10mm and 25mm eye pieces. These may be stupid questions but I am completely new to this hobby of mine. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Hello! I just bought myself a new Skyquest xt6 classic and I saw the moon up close and Jupiter for the First time. I have some rather newbie questions, is it possible being near Oklahoma City to view a galaxy? My ultimate goal is to see a galaxy because they are my favorite space object. What filters would you recommend for me to see a galaxy or nebula? I have only the 10mm and 25mm eye pieces. These may be stupid questions but I am completely new to this hobby of mine. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!! <br />Posted by galaxy_infinite</DIV></p><p>Your scope is more for the moon, planets, and double, triple, and quadruple stars systems.&nbsp; Also open star clusters.&nbsp; About the only galaxy which would be worthwhile would be Andromeda (M31).<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="4"><strong></strong></font></p> </div>
 
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<div><font face="Arial" size="2">Just off the top of my head. With a 6" scope you should be able to see:</font></div><div></div><div><div><font face="Arial">M31 Andromeda Galaxy in And</font></div><div><font face="Arial">M 51 Whirlpool Galaxy in CVn</font></div><div><font face="Arial">M 81 a fine spiral in UMa</font></div><div><font face="Arial">M 82 also in UMa</font></div><div><font face="Arial">M 104 Sombrero Galaxy&nbsp;in Virgo</font></div><div></div><div><font face="Arial">These are the easy ones, there are many more that you will be able to see.</font></div></div> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="1" color="#3366ff">www.siriuslookers.org</font> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Hello! I just bought myself a new Skyquest xt6 classic and I saw the moon up close and Jupiter for the First time. I have some rather newbie questions, is it possible being near Oklahoma City to view a galaxy? My ultimate goal is to see a galaxy because they are my favorite space object. What filters would you recommend for me to see a galaxy or nebula? I have only the 10mm and 25mm eye pieces. These may be stupid questions but I am completely new to this hobby of mine. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!! <br /> Posted by galaxy_infinite</DIV></p><p>Bear in mind that with only 6 inches of aperture, you may indeed be able to see some of the brighter galaxies, but they will look nothing like the photographs you see in magazines and on the web. &nbsp;Most will look like pale greenish-gray fuzzy blobs, or somewhat elongated blobs. &nbsp;Filters may help you if you live in an area of severe light pollution, but they will <span style="font-weight:bold" class="Apple-style-span">also</span> make the galaxy you are trying to observe slightly dimmer as well. &nbsp;Unlike emission nebula, which radiate in specific wavelengths of light, galaxies radiate at all wavelengths, just as the stars they are composed of do, so light-pollution filters will cut down on the galaxy's brightness. &nbsp;But they will also make the galaxy stand out better against the dark sky.</p><p>The Lumicon UHC is generally regarded as the best all-purpose filter for severe light pollution, but it's best used in telescopes of 8 to 10 inches of aperture or more.&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Bear in mind that with only 6 inches of aperture, you may indeed be able to see some of the brighter galaxies, but they will look nothing like the photographs you see in magazines and on the web. &nbsp;Most will look like pale greenish-gray fuzzy blobs, or somewhat elongated blobs. &nbsp;Filters may help you if you live in an area of severe light pollution, but they will also make the galaxy you are trying to observe slightly dimmer as well. &nbsp;Unlike emission nebula, which radiate in specific wavelengths of light, galaxies radiate at all wavelengths, just as the stars they are composed of do, so light-pollution filters will cut down on the galaxy's brightness. &nbsp;But they will also make the galaxy stand out better against the dark sky.The Lumicon UHC is generally regarded as the best all-purpose filter for severe light pollution, but it's best used in telescopes of 8 to 10 inches of aperture or more.&nbsp; <br /> Posted by crazyeddie</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Yeah I knew it wasn't going to be like the really good hubble images, but I really love galaxies and I just want to see them.&nbsp; Lumicon UHC? Alright I'll look for that. Any other filters you guys would recommend for galaxy or nebula viewing?&nbsp; I was also considering getting new Sirius Plossl 1.25" eye pieces. Can any of you guys recommend what sizes that provide the maximum useful magnification? I know I may sound like I'm asking a lot of the same questions but I really like this new hobby of mine and I want to get the most i can out of this scope before I upgrade in the future.<img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif" border="0" alt="Laughing" title="Laughing" />&nbsp; </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;Yeah I knew it wasn't going to be like the really good hubble images, but I really love galaxies and I just want to see them.&nbsp; Lumicon UHC? Alright I'll look for that. Any other filters you guys would recommend for galaxy or nebula viewing?&nbsp; I was also considering getting new Sirius Plossl 1.25" eye pieces. Can any of you guys recommend what sizes that provide the maximum useful magnification? I know I may sound like I'm asking a lot of the same questions but I really like this new hobby of mine and I want to get the most i can out of this scope before I upgrade in the future.&nbsp; <br />Posted by galaxy_infinite</DIV><br /><br />What size (mm) eyepieces do you have? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>What size (mm) eyepieces do you have? <br /> Posted by MeteorWayne</DIV><br />I have the Sirius Plossl 25mm and 10mm <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Hello! I just bought myself a new Skyquest xt6 classic and I saw the moon up close and Jupiter for the First time. I have some rather newbie questions, is it possible being near Oklahoma City to view a galaxy? My ultimate goal is to see a galaxy because they are my favorite space object. What filters would you recommend for me to see a galaxy or nebula? I have only the 10mm and 25mm eye pieces. These may be stupid questions but I am completely new to this hobby of mine. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!! <br />Posted by galaxy_infinite</DIV></p><p>Geet a good quality barlow lens.&nbsp; I think it's called the "Shorty Plus".&nbsp; I wouldn't waste money on filters.&nbsp; You don't have enough light gathering power (Aperature).<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="4"><strong></strong></font></p> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Geet a good quality barlow lens.&nbsp; I think it's called the "Shorty Plus".&nbsp; I wouldn't waste money on filters.&nbsp; You don't have enough light gathering power (Aperature). <br /> Posted by kyle_baron</DIV></p><p>ok I guess I should do that. No such thing as a galaxy filter. If i were to upgrade in the future (get a better scope), any scopes that I should consider? bigger dob? </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>ok I guess I should do that. No such thing as a galaxy filter. If i were to upgrade in the future (get a better scope), any scopes that I should consider? bigger dob? <br /> Posted by galaxy_infinite</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hey galaxy-infinite. I'm also considering getting the telescope you have, could you tell me of your experience with it?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="2" color="#3366ff"><em>The most merciful thing in this world is the human mind's inability to correlate all its contents.</em></font> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;Hey galaxy-infinite. I'm also considering getting the telescope you have, could you tell me of your experience with it?&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> Posted by Wolf873</DIV></p><p>I've only had it for 3 days and I'm quite happy with it. After doing a lot of research on the internet, I came to the conclusion that the 6 inch dob was the best to start out with. I would higly reccomend it. I used it to see jupiter and its 4 moons as also as the lunar ecplipse last night. I'm just trying to get better eyepieces and filters to see more. get a dob I am very happy with it.&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;Hey galaxy-infinite. I'm also considering getting the telescope you have, could you tell me of your experience with it?&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Posted by Wolf873</DIV><br /><br /><font size="2">I have the XT8C, if you have the money I recommend the 8 (or 10) inch Dob.&nbsp; Most of what you're going to view is dimmer than you think.&nbsp; A little more aperture, & learning averted vision will help.&nbsp; </font></p><p><font size="2">Olie</font></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I have the XT8C, if you have the money I recommend the 8 (or 10) inch Dob.&nbsp; Most of what you're going to view is dimmer than you think.&nbsp; A little more aperture, & learning averted vision will help.&nbsp; Olie <br /> Posted by doc3170</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Yeah, I can't afford 8 or 10 inch ones. Even if they (You mean nebula or galaxies right?) are dim, they're still distinguishable right? What if I get those extra eye-pieces, the Barlow-Shorty for example or a tri-mag, would they help?&nbsp;<br /> </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="2" color="#3366ff"><em>The most merciful thing in this world is the human mind's inability to correlate all its contents.</em></font> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I have the XT8C, if you have the money I recommend the 8 (or 10) inch Dob.&nbsp; Most of what you're going to view is dimmer than you think.&nbsp; A little more aperture, & learning averted vision will help.&nbsp; Olie <br /> Posted by doc3170</DIV></p><p>I should have gotten an 8 inch even though I had the money but bills hold me back. </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;Yeah, I can't afford 8 or 10 inch ones. Even if they (You mean nebula or galaxies right?) are dim, they're still distinguishable right? What if I get those extra eye-pieces, the Barlow-Shorty for example or a tri-mag, would they help?&nbsp; <br />Posted by Wolf873</DIV><br /><br /><font size="2">I know how that is : )&nbsp; Yes, Nebulae & Galaxies are dim and they will be distinguishable.&nbsp; Find a good local darksite.&nbsp; A Barlow is a good accessory for certain things, it'll help get more use out of those eye pieces.&nbsp; But they drastically cut light.&nbsp; Barlows are good for bright objects, like the Moon & Planets.&nbsp; </font></p><p><font size="2">Olie</font></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Didn't wanted to make another post but I finally got my scope yesterday and to my delight the sky was clear last night. I easily spotted Jupiter and two of its moons, sadly it was a bit brighter but I could make out different colors of clouds though. Man why didn't I get this sooner!? Oh well, now I'm thinking of buying eyepieces to get a more closer look at the planet. Thanks to everyone who helped build my confidence in the scope. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="2" color="#3366ff"><em>The most merciful thing in this world is the human mind's inability to correlate all its contents.</em></font> </div>
 
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