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    Default Good objects to find for the VERY first observation?



    Hello all! This week will be my very first attempts at finding something up there in the sky with my brand new binoculars (Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70). I would appreciate any suggestions with the exception of the Moon that I might be able to locate fairly quickly and without much hassle. The reason is I'll be entertaining my wife and 5 year old, so if they don't get results somewhat fast, it might prove hard to keep them entertained!

    Anyways, any suggestions would be welcomed. And if it helps, my location is Portland, OR, U.S. Thanks again!

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    Jupiter should look interesting, and maybe M42 could get them excited
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    Alright! Another cloud dweller!
    Planets are great viewing for me right now! You can view Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn all before 11:00.
    The Orion nebula will look awesome in Bino's as well.
    You should be able to see a lot of stars in the Pleiades which is one of my fav's.

    Hope you and the fam have a great time!
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    agreed.... jupiter, saturn, possibly venus (shortly after sunset), and m42.... although m42 will be tough to appreciate through binoculars in a semi-metro area (like my native suburban LA).

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    Try M35, it's another nice cluster. There's a double cluster around cassopeia, can't think of the name right now, but if you scan the area you'll find it. It's one of my favorites!
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    I hope the moon is actually on your list, because that line at the edge of the shadow is really quite impressive.

    Otherwise Orion is a veritable amusement park, with Hyades to the right of the belt just below Aldebaran, and the Pleaides just about again as far past Aldebaran.

    Just give it a practice run before sharing because people get bored incredibly fast standing in the dark for ten minutes while you find something interesting. Ask me how I know :/ It's a pretty easy swing you should be able to see naked eye, however. And a very pretty view even without binoculars on a clear night. I find if you point out the objects before turning to the binoculars it's more impressive and ejoyable for everyone.

    Making the link between what we can see just by looking up and how much more is really out there is powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinmcg67 View Post
    And if it helps, my location is Portland, OR, U.S. Thanks again!
    Just saw that the forecast calls for 7 straight days of rain, so I think there's a good chance you're just going to see clouds! For all of our sakes, I hope not, but the forecast does not look good.

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    Just checked, 11:00 pm central the moon is great actually but it makes Hyades and Pleaides hard to see naked eye. Aldebaran is still obvious, but the Pleiades were not.

    Clouds came in before I could use the 8x40's on anything but the moon (that terminator sucks you in and clouds move fast ) just thought I'd verify what I'd written earlier.

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    These are all great suggestions. I've already started to look at sky charts to try and get familiar with constellations and locations. The only bad thing is, yes, it will be raining ALL week long. I really dislike Oregon for this reason right now!

    Anyways, thank you all for the replies. I appreciate it.

 

 

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