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can i see galaxies and star clusters with the telescope whose description is below?

50mm (2”) diameter refractor
• 600mm focal length (f/12)
• Alt-azimuth mount
• 5x24 finderscope
• 45x eyepiece
• 72x eyepiece
• 225x eyepiece
• Star diagonal – .96”
• Barlow lens 3x - .96”
• Adjustable aluminium tripod
• “The Sky” Level 1

With a few exceptions (M31 and and the Orion nebula for example) no. Deep space objects (galaxies and nebulae) are all about aperture and 50mm is tiny - it is only average even for astro binoculars. Added to that there are some give aways that this scope is likely to be poor quality - the 0.96" accessories are a case in point - they are only ever found on the lowest end models, usually sold by general retailers rather than specialists. Even the Galileoscope manages to use a standard 1.25" focuser and that costs all of $20.

For your intended use I would say forget this scope, but any scope that does what you want is likely to cost much much more than this one. For DSOs you really need a minimum of 8" aperture and scopes in that territory are likely to be around the $300 mark.

No Will, we did not miss the fact it is a refractor. Refractors have their place and most of the disadvantages you cite are simply not true. Aperture for aperture a well corrected refractor will generally trounce the equivalent reflector in terms of optical quality. Sure, it will cost significantly more but it is hardly unusual that value for money and quality do not go hand in hand.




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