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    I use one of those circular planispheres I bought from Amazon,com that you can use right at the scope. You just rotate the the circle to you local time and date and the objects are oriented as they are in the sky.

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    Somewhere I had a list of the top 100 things to look for but can't find it at the moment. This site os quite good though:
    Tonight's Sky Main Page

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    Hello,

    your lattitude may be around 50deg. At this time of the year, anything well below the Scutum Cloud may be difficult now, but more easy in August/September.

    I'd start with the globular clusters M13 and M92 in Hercules. Your scope should resolve them at magnifications 150x or slightly more. Allow your eyes for a good dark accomodation, as the stars in the globular clusters are dim.

    Then, I'd go to the Wild Duck Cluster (M11) at the edge of the Scutum Cloud. Hunderts of stars of this rich open cluster are something amazing.

    The both prominent planetary nebulas, the Ring Nebula (M57) in Lyra, and the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) in Vulpecula will do a great show. Again, allow your eyes plenty of time to fix the form and details in these nebulas.

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    thanks JG. yep I'm at about 52° here.

    Great list of objects! Thanks to everyone that posted. I printed out some big A3 charts at the school where I teach so I'm ready to go.

    There are a bunch of clubs here. There are even about 4 clubs dedicated to only building scopes. The issue however arises from my lack of mastery of the Czech language. I need to look around some more and see if there are any groups that would be ok with english... The czech republic is a nerd haven in Europe. I've heard there is the highest percentage of computer programmers, scientists and mathematicians in Europe here. Strange. Also lots of renaissance festivals, medieval reenactments, and card based role playing game clubs. It's not unusual to see a dude in full chain mail on the subway in Prague lol.
    herp derp.

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    Hi English Teacher!

    There is a shop in Prague, in the Vodickova street, with used and new items on cameras, microscopes, and the astronomy stuff,

    fotopazdera@volny.cz

    Next to our shops in Munich, Berlin, Hannover and Koln, this is a good address for collectors of the old stuff. However, the young Pazdera is a hobby astronomer, and he would help. People there speek some German, I am not sure about their English. Simply, try it.

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    close but no cigar. A good guess though. I teach Graphic Design!

    Thanks for the tip on the shop. I'll have to go check it out soon. I'll look for the mlady Pazdera.
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