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    I got a scope about a month ago, and I'm about to have a week long vacation to a really dark area here in the CZ. I want to make some kind of list of objects to try for, so I don't just randomly gaze around (although I'll likely be doing a lot of that too.)

    What are a few good objects too look for a s a beginner? I'm not afraid of a challenge, and i have a week to keep at it.

    Any suggestions? My lat is 52º so keep that in mind.

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    That sounds great! Buy me a ticket and I might join you! (Just kidding. . .)

    But you might tell us what telescope you have and what objects you'll be most interested in. And if you give us more information on just where you'll be we can probably be more helpful.

    Also, will you be viewing a little after sundown? Early morning? Midnight to 3 a.m.?

    You might consider downloading the program "Stellarium" and begin exploring the skies for the date and time you'll be in that location. It's free and it's great software.

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    Get the book, Turn Left at Orion for starters.

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    What scope did you buy?

    Anyway-- here are several free resources you can use to plan your trip-- as mentioned Turn Left at Orion is a good astro-book.

    Stellarium

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    Skymaps.com - Publication Quality Sky Maps & Star Charts

    You should focus on the Messier objects-- 110 of them, the moon and Jupiter next month--

    List of Messier objects - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In your scope the Messier objects will be shades of gray-- no color-- the images on the above page were all taken with a CCD camera, so don't expect any color.

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    What size scope?

    If you are going some place dark.. that has reasonable views near the Horizon..

    Based on what I saw this week in a lighted city area.. that should be even better there.

    M13
    Dumbbell Nebula
    Andromeda galaxy
    And of course Saturn...

    I am 47+ degrees with trees to the south so depending on your southern horizon

    Lagoon Nebula
    Triffid (Which I didn't see but remember)


    Just also just take some time enjoying the Milky Way with your eyes or binoculars.. I miss it so much in the city summer.
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    wow great response. Ya I've got stellarium, but I don't like having to drag the laptop out for star gazing. I got some good free charts from the thread Joe started.

    I've got a 6" Bresser newtonian on a german mount.

    Since it's so near the solstice here it honestly doesn't get dark enough to see anything under 2 or so magnitude until about midnight, so I intend to be out after that. I'll look for that book, but there tends to be a scant selection of english language books here. However it does fall into the science, atheism, mathematics swatch that seems to be the majority of the english section in most bookstores Gotta love the czech republic.

    Thanks star dudes.
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    I have a 5" so all the stuff I mention should look great. for eye pieces. I used 25mm , 9mm and 9mm+ 2x for my closest view of Saturn.

    Also look at the Wild Duck Cluster..M11 this was my first time on it it is a jam packed open cluster with a tight area to closed it looks almost like a globular.. again this was low in the south but above the near by trees. This is all post midnight stuff but you can begin with Saturn in the late twilight.
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    The Wild Duck was my first open cluster too. Still one of my favorites. Use Stellarium and make a list of objects under magnitude 9. Write them down along with their positions, and you should be set for a full nights viewing.

    Good luck, and hope its good seeing for your vacation.

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    I suggest M3, M4, M13, M51, M57, and Saturn. I can't really remember many other summer objects. You should check the resources the others posted above. They are all awesome.
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    Definitely look for M31.
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