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    I've been having a lot of fun lately looking at open clusters (mostly ones with a Messier designation) with my binoculars. The wide field of view is great for some of the bigger ones. Also, I didn't expect that there would be so much variation from one cluster to the next.

    I am also working on the same project that jrkirkham mentioned. Its been interesting observing Jupiter's moons on a daily basis (or whenever its not cloudy) and seeing how the positions change very quickly. Good luck!
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    If my eyeball can catch it, I'm lovin' it....minus the light pollution of course

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    sounds like you lot of some good things to look at ill check them out when i get mt new 12" dob
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    Quote Originally Posted by KMCraig View Post
    Jupiter for me, then Orion. Right now I'm trying to get Andromeda in my sights but can't find a star to hop from, Polaris was out of my line of sight last night.
    I use Cassiopeia as my constellation of reference when sighting in the Andromeda Galaxy... one "leg" of the constellation lines up directly with Almach (end of the Andromeda constellation) from there a quick star hopping journey to the Andromeda Galaxy (naked eye visible under good seeing conditions). Hope that helps some!

    I have to admit that Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula are two of my favorites this time of year... quick to find and always a spectacular view.

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    thanks for the reference
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    Saturn, Jupiter and Orion
    (Betelgeuse and Rigel mostly). I like Orion because you get to see two completely different stars so close together.

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    I seem to be in the minority but for me its not what I observe but finding my target (without the aid of GOTO) whether it be a cluster, galaxy, double star. When I finally get it after hours (sometimes days/weeks) of searching its a great feeling!

    That being said I do have a soft spot for the Double Cluster and Andromeda, up most of the year here and easy to spot!

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    when i get my new 12" dob i cant wait to check out Andromeda
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDin2056 View Post
    when i get my new 12" dob i cant wait to check out Andromeda
    You're in for a treat. When I saw M31 for the first time in my 12" I was absolutely blown away. The disc goes on past the FOV and the two satellite galaxies are nice and bright.
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