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    Default New Season, New Observations To Make



    OK, I am familiar with most of the winter constellations, but the thing is, I have no idea what to observe in the spring/summer. Any recommendations?

    P.S. I have a "5.1" GEM reflector telescope, if that helps

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    Default Re: New Season, New Observations To Make

    Spring is typically galaxy season as Virgo, Leo, Coma Berenices, Ursa Major are prominent and dominant constellations in the northerm hemisphere. The Messier galaxies should show quite well with your scope (light pollution is a factor though) and a good many of the Herschel 400 galaxies are likely doable as well.

    Summer brings Sagittarius, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus, and with these a plethora of globular clusters and open clusters. Planetary nebulae are available too.

    Cygnus and the Summer Triangle and the plane of the Milky Way offer an infusion of open clusters and several nebulae (emission/reflection) to persue.

    A vast count of double stars are always available.

    Jupiter and Saturn dominate for planets and make for fine viewing.

    The sky is literally the limit.
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    Default Re: New Season, New Observations To Make

    It's pretty exciting to follow the parade of DSO's in the Spring and Summer. Right now is prime galaxy hunting season as Bryan has alluded to. Next up in Summer, open and globular clusters and nebulae. Try for M8 (Lagoon Nebula) and M17 (Swan or Checkmark Nebula). I particularly like those two objects. Good luck and have fun out there!
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    Default Re: New Season, New Observations To Make

    You can start here ...

    Seasonal Skies (Apr-Jun) - Turn Left At Orion | Cambridge University Press

    Also if you have Stellarium on your PC/Mac, turn on DSOs and zoom into Virgo.
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    Default Re: New Season, New Observations To Make

    Hi!!

    M13, M22, M80, M27 (Dumbbell), NGC 3242 (The Ghost of Jupiter), M17 (Omega Nebula), M57 (Ring Nebula), are some of the objects that I have liked to observe. I have a telescope with the same opening and I have been able to see, even with some light pollution, many open and globular clusters in the region of the sky that goes from Scorpio, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Swan, Lyra.
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