posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 02:46 AM
Too see jupiters great red spot, at least, you will need an 8 inch reflector. I had a 4.5 inch celestron german EQ reflector late 80's in my early
teens, and all i could make out, even with a narrow 7.5 mm eyepice, was 2 bland borwn stripes going around it, and a featureless cream colored globe,
let alone a 25 mm eyepice. and also had a 2x barlow, a 5 mm eyepiece no luck. Saturns rings were kinda interesting, providing they face earth, as
tehy did 1990. edge of rings facing us, looked like it had 2 ears, but could see titan, and a few other satellites. the 4.5 inch refelctor , was no
real better, than using a pair of 12x something binaculars.
llook at celestron.com or orion telescopes. celestron has the better deals, especially at xmas time..
refractors, long tubes scops, will give crisper views, but their not commercialy made over 4 inches, and those would be epensive...refelctors give
you the most for yuor buck*
shmidt cassegrains get yuor checkbook out...their more or less, maintenance free, hence forth the $$$.
i once saw a picture of a teelscope, years ago, discontinued....it wa a HUGE 36 inch reflector. the guy was using a tall ladder to look through the
eyepiece! turns out, someone actually spent the $$$ on one, fell and broke their neck. thats why they were discontinued.