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Yesterday evening I got out with my 50mm f/10 Galileoscope.  It had been used with an inexpensive 17mm Plossl eyepiece providing a magnification of 30x and a genuine field of view of roughly 1.85 degrees.  The telescope has been used without a star diagonal on an inexpensive camera tripod.  My avatar shows the telescope and tripod that has been utilized.

Observations and Notes:

M51 -- around, diffuse patch of light with a comparatively large, somewhat brighter center.
NGC 5195 -- smaller companion of M51, seemed to be only barely in contact with the outside 'halo' of M51.

M101 -- big, round, diffuse patch of light of uniform brightness - without central heating.

M33 -- big, fat, elliptical, diffuse patch of light with a slowly, little brighter, center.

M31 M32 & M110 -- Wonderful!  M31 was a really large (bigger than the scope's FOV) highly elliptical diffuse glow, very slowly - then much more abruptly much brighter middle.  M32 was a little, bright, somewhat 'fuzzy', around companion.  M110 was a little more distant companion, significantly bigger than M32, elliptical, of uniform brightness

M97 & M108 -- (Note: these two objects were in an altitude of just 16.5 degrees in the time of the observation).  M97 (the "Owl Nebula") was a small, round, diffuse patch of light.  M108 was a fainter, elongated, diffuse patch of light.

Mizar -- has been a beautifully split double celebrity.  Colors were subtle.  The primary appeared to really have a slight yellow tint.  The secondary appeared to really have a slight greenish tint.

Cor Caroli -- (Note: thing was at an altitude of just 11 degrees in the time of the observation).  This dual was readily split, but colours were unsure due to the very low altitude.  Finest guess is white for the two, but atmospheric effects sometimes said differently.

Perseus Double Cluster -- Nice set of open star clusters, easily fitting within the FOV.

M13 -- Large, quite bright, round, gradually brighter middle; appeared to present a marginally 'mottled' appearance - perhaps hinting at this globular's true nature.

M92 -- Like M13 only smaller, less bright, and without any suspected mottling.

M57 -- Small, but very nice!  Even at 30x that the ring-shape was obvious.  It looked like a tiny, fairly bright, bagel in the sky!

Albireo -- Wonderful!  Broad, bright double star.  Yellow-orange primary, blue secondary.

It was a pleasant and fun session.  M31 would have profited from a 24mm wide-field eyepiece.  M57 would have profited from magnification.  But I wanted to keep things somewhat crude and easy.  As it was, I had Galileo's scopes greatly out-classed.

M31 & family was the highlight!  I can't envision what Galileo would have thought if he would have seen such a sight!

Yes, a little 50mm 30x telescope might be enjoyable to use and may show lots of interesting sights in the night sky -- and not just show them but really show them nicely!

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