Hello everyone I am here. I love looking up at the sky so my family bought me a telescope for christmas. I am loving it! I have viewed mars, jupiter, venus, m42 ( i think), the moon, and saturn with amazement. My telescope is only small- skywatcher reflector AZ1 d=76 f=700. It came with a barlow lens 2x. I want to get a stronger lens 3 or 5 x . Will it make a big differnce with the detail of what I am viewing. Is there anything I should be looking for when buying a new barlow lens?
Hi Joe, welcome to Astronomy Central. Skywatcher is a very popular and respected make of telescopes, I have one myself (8in). But no matter what the telescope, it is aperture (yours is 76mm) what counts the most. The larger the diameter of the main mirror, then the fainter objects, and more detail you'll see. Also importantly the more aperture then the more magnification it can handle. Your scope will be great for viewing night sky objects like you described, but if you pile on the magnification it will also dim the image at the same time.
Yours is great for looking at craters on the Moon, star clusters, nebulae, double stars, etc. and there's lots and lots to see.
Hope that helps