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    Plan on taking a look at Saturn and a few of the brighter messier objects, then I will probably just scan the sky and see what turns up. Any suggestions on what to plan for the first night?

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    Orion's Nebula is always an awesome sight ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatherGuse View Post
    Orion's Nebula is always an awesome sight ....
    Not sure about you Bill, but from here the Nebula is at/below the horizon by the time it gets dark (about 9:15)...can you still see it before it sets?

    You might really enjoy one that RussL got me started on, and that's M44 "The Beehive", a nice fat open cluster just loaded with stars. Sits about 40% of the way from Pollux to Regulus, and just a bit lower than a straight line between them. On a good dark night you might be able to see it naked eyed, and it's great with a low power EP, and in binoculars too..

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    ... you know Mike ... I have not checked to see if it has gone down before dark and I have been working the Northern objects the last few times out ... my bad ... seems to me now that you mention it that it pretty far down to the west this time of year ... I just wasn't thinking ... maybe from California it is still up high enough to see ...

    ... I know Mercury is still to far down on the horizon to catch right at sunset (only because i have tried and to the north and north-west I have my house blocking the horizon ... and a nearby mountain ... lol ... ) ...

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    Okay, WHAT THE HECK!! We get an average of barely 5 inches of rain per year and one of those inches HAS to be this weekend.
    I thought the "curse" was BS. I am not happy. Good thing I have the Beer!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by imacyclist2 View Post
    Okay, WHAT THE HECK!! We get an average of barely 5 inches of rain per year and one of those inches HAS to be this weekend.
    I thought the "curse" was BS. I am not happy. Good thing I have the Beer!!
    Dont worry about the curse . I got some new equipment last weekend and havent had a chance for first light yet ... It will get better . The weather will clear ...
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    You are right Roverich. I just need to calm down. I'm sure I'll get clear skies soon enough. I'm not going to buy anything else for a while though just in case.
    Dizzy I really like the Beehive cluster also. It's probably my fav. with Binoculars. Do you think that I will be able to see M3 globular cluster with my 6inch very well? I like that one too. It could clear up sometime early Sunday morning. Maybe I will wake up early and check out Venus and Jupiter. I don't know how easy it will be will all the beer I had planned for tonight.
    Hope the weather is clear for you all!!
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    Hi emily,

    M3 is a Mag 6.4, so you should be able to see it just fine before the barley pop starts flowing..

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    Hey welcome to the wide space of astronomy
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    First Light was great alignment was spot on and everything looked great. Second light sucked. I can't get the scope to slew to the objects. I'm looking at Regulus in Leo and want to check out Saturn and the scope slews 180 degrees away. I tried to realign several times and each time the goto was off looking in a different part of the sky or slewing right past and continuing for a while. Any suggestions on what might be the cause? Checked date, location, time, etc. all were correct.

 

 
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