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    Hi all i live in peterborough uk .Going to to get scope today have owned celestron refractor for 10 years seen saturn jupiter but have trouble with polar alignment and tracking as equatorial mount has lot of free play .Any advice on whats good to see this month? great to meet you all and hope speak to you soon
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    Welcome to the Astronomy Forum and thanks for joining. Let us know what scope you get. At the moment Orion is high in the sky.
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    Hello Simon, and welcome to the forum !

    There are several tools out there to help you navigate your night skies based on your location coordinates, etc. One of the most popular is a freeware program called Stellarium. Another one is Cartes du Ciel. If you have iPhone/iPad, you might also like SkySafari3.

    Also, you can plan your observing session using some websites. Simply enter your coordinates and these pages will tell you what will be up in the sky at a certain date/time waiting for you. These two sites are good ones for that:

    http://dso-browser.com/
    http://tonightssky.com/MainPage.php

    A printed planisphere will also be very helpful to locate main constellations and major objects. You have one in the downloads section here:
    http://www.astronomyforum.net/downloads.php?do=file&id=2

    Hope it helps

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
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    Welcome to the community oscar!
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    Thanks for joining. Good luck with the scope!
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    Welcome to the forum Simon, enjoy and clear skies
    Fred, I served in the U.S. Navy from 84-88
    I am just getting into astronomy with my kids. I have a Bushnell 3” reflector with a 20mm and a 4mm E/P, along and Tasco Starguide 4 with a 20mm and a 10mm E/P.
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    you will find it very helpful and it is free program. Enjoy and clear skies to you.
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