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    Since I am very new at this, thus far it has been Jupiter as my favorite. However, I do love looking at the moon and I started branching out more as I learn my intelliscope stuff. Seeing the Andromeda galaxy was cool. And last night I spent a lot of time with the Seven Sisters and the Double Star Cluster. In the end...anything I turn my scope to
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    My favourite singular object is the active starburst galaxy M-82. There is a lot of detail there, it just takes a lot of patience!

    Definitely enjoy looking at globulars, emission and planetary nebulae, plus those faint, rarely visited distant fuzzy galaxies.

    I'm a stickler for the standards too, I just love perusing the inner workings of the Orion Nebula at high magnifications, as well as the planets.

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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.
    Here's what I do. Find Cassiopeia, see that nifty triangle? That triangle points directly at Andromeda like a great big arrow. Use those sets of two stars close together to your advantage, scan in tight circles, and do so slowly, Andromeda is a lot fainter than you may be thinking. It took me several nights to find it, even with a laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMCraig View Post
    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.
    Jupiter is passing pretty close to Andromeda around 10:00 PM right now, so try hopping from that using google sky as your refence point.

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    I think my next goal will be the International Spacestation. But i think that will take a lot of planning and even more luck!

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    i have tried to look at some satellites but they move fast so they can be hard to pint your telescope at
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadfoote View Post
    I think my next goal will be the International Spacestation. But i think that will take a lot of planning and even more luck!
    It's easier than you think.

    Look up when it will be visible in your area using: Human Space Flight (HSF) - Realtime Data

    Plug in your location, and you're off!! For me, I live in Israel, so there are a few opportunities to see the ISS, but they are all in the early morning. In a few weeks' time, I'm sure we'll get some times in the evening.

    They only show you up to about a week ahead of time, as they are always adjusting the orbit, of the ISS, so the parameters change often.

    It is easily seen by naked eye, and can get as bright as Jupiter, and maybe even Venus (OK, not now, Jan 2012, as Venus is *very* bright now).

    The coolest thing about it is that you can bring people to an open area BEFORE it shows up, and it shows up on time, within about a minute. That "prophetic" aspect of it is mui kewl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarantulasinc View Post
    My favourite singular object is the active starburst galaxy M-82. There is a lot of detail there, it just takes a lot of patience!

    Definitely enjoy looking at globulars, emission and planetary nebulae, plus those faint, rarely visited distant fuzzy galaxies.

    I'm a stickler for the standards too, I just love perusing the inner workings of the Orion Nebula at high magnifications, as well as the planets.

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    Are you using your 10-in Dob to see M-82?

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    I'm in awe of everything I look at, but the Orion Nebula and globular clusters are my favorites so far. Of course if you asked me again tomorrow, I may have a different answer. I love it all and there's sooo much to look at.

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