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    Hey everyone! I am relatively new to stargazing and only use my telescope in my back yard, which is sadly heavily light polluted. I live in North Western Indiana and am looking for any suggestions on some good thing to start looking at and how to do so. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    Welcome to the forum After the sun goes down, take a look at Saturn while you still can. Won't be with us much longer...

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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    What kind of scope to you have?
    May suggest purchasing a few books? "Turn Left at Orion" and "The Backyard Astronomers Guide" Both these books will thoroughly help you improve at astronomy. Turn Left at Orion also goes into detail on what to look at by season, how to find objects and what they will look like through a telescope. I use it nightly for my quest in my Messier Award. (Both for the Forum and the National award) There are also Filters to help with Light Pollution that you can browse online.

    When you get a chance, update your signature with your scope and your accessories. This way, any questions you have in the future, we can see exactly what you have and go off from our experience in to assisting your questions.
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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    You might want to checkout Michiana Astronomical Society.
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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    Have you downloaded Stellerium yet?

    If not please do so, it's free and will help you navigate your night skies.

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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    Depending on how new you're at this great hobby, I advise to buy a planisphere.
    Mine was invaluable when I started out, along with a Orion DeepMap 600.
    Ditto on Stellerium also.
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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    And if you're not quite as new as that, I would recommend the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas. It shows all stars down to magnitude 7.6 - 30,000 stars - and 1500 deep sky objects, more than enough to keep you occupied for years. It's in a really great format, spiral bound so it lays flat, or you can fold it back and hold it one hand easily enough while you have the other on the scope. It is incredibly useful to starhop to find items if your light pollution isn't too bad. Meaning, if you can see a couple hundred stars (say, down to 4th magnitude), you can easily use it to find whatever you're looking for.

    I'll also add for you to add a signature with your scope info so everyone can be on the same page. Welcome aboard, and clear skies!
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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    Yes others have suggested to add a signature as well. I tried to but it will not show up... Waiting for admin approval maybe?

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    Default Re: Any Suggestions?

    I second the purchase of a good Planisphere--I bought mine at Barnes-n-Nobles--Its called-Guide to the Stars--And is 16" in Diameter--Laminated and shows where to find many of the brighter objects in the sky and what Month/Day and Hour they are going to be in prime viewing position---The 16 inch diameter is a good size,As the smaller ones are harder to read with a dim light out at the Scope---

    Both Saturn and Mars are low on the horizon in the evening,and while you can still discern the rings of Saturn--Mars has once again become just an reddish/orange dot to all but those with prime sky's--Jupiter is now a pre-dawn sight,But it too is not high enough for a real good look--

    What is up and running right now TheAtomKent is the Dumbbell/Ring/North America/Pelican/Trifid/Lagoon/Omega Nebulas and in the wee pre-dawn hour the Great Orion Nebula makes an appearance--There is also the Great Star Cluster in Hercules--M13 and also the impressive if not out shined by the before mention--M92 Star Cluster also in Hercules and a plethora of Open Clusters--Dark Nebula--and Double Stars---

    Light Pollution--Sky Transparity--and the Moon are going to effect what you can and cannot see--When you download Stellarium,Make a note of the Magnitude(Brightness) of the objects you want to hunt down and then when your out there doin it you'll quickly see what your limit is and that way you can just hunt what you can find at home and leave the full list for a Darker Location--

    There are some Filters that enhance the contrast and detail in some objects--With me being a Nebula Junkie my OIII Filter gets a regular workout with my UHC(Ultra High Contrast) and USF(Urban Sky Filter) being used to a lesser degree--I only mention this because Zhumell is having a sale on their 1.25inch OIII Filter and would be a worth while minor investment for someone with an interest in Nebula Viewing---An Urban Sky Filter may be beneficial to someone in your predicament,But I have heard comments that too much LP over-ran the filters abilities to block it out--Good Luck Kent--Keep Looking Up----------------------ZX
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    Quote Originally Posted by zxcvb View Post
    I second the purchase of a good Planisphere--I bought mine at Barnes-n-Nobles--Its called-Guide to the Stars--And is 16" in Diameter--Laminated and shows where to find many of the brighter objects in the sky and what Month/Day and Hour they are going to be in prime viewing position---The 16 inch diameter is a good size,As the smaller ones are harder to read with a dim light out at the Scope---
    Yes the 16-incher is great... has way more detail than other wheels including the Bayer designations of stars (Greek letters), and loaded with good info on the back. Also fun to imagine my mirror that big

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