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    Hi all,

    so whats your favorite thing to observe in the night sky

    so far with my small telescope my favorite thing has been observing the planet Saturn. with my telescope i can make out its rings and the planet and it just looks so beautiful, but when i get my newer and much bigger telescope next month i have a feeling my favorite thing to observe will be M42 the Orion nebula.

    so whats your favorite thing to observe?
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    It depends on what time of year it is. Springtime, probably Saturn as well. Winter would be either Jupiter or Orion.

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    I love the double cluster. Indeed it's the best object here in Northern Hemisphere. It's worth watching every time.

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    So far it has been Jupiter for me, but not seen much else.
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    Mine changes with whatever project I am working on. For the past several months I have been duplicating Galileo's obvservations, so my favorite things have been objects that can be viewed at about 20X and observed over long periods of time.

    I've been impressed with the dedication Galileo showed in his observations. He didn't make the discoveries he made just because he was the first to turn a simple telesclope toward the heavens. That was the impression I got from movies and stories about him. He looked night after night over long stretches of time and noticed subtle changes that I never took time to notice before starting this project.

    Right now my main project is looking at Venus at least once a week and trying to sketch its size and notice its location. At 20X, I haven't been able to identify any phases yet, but I have noticed its change in appearance from that of a star to a small disc.

    Later in January Jupiter reaches quadrature. I sketched its moons going into eclipse during opposition. I hope to do the same thing at quadrature and see what Galileo could induce from that.

    I'm learning a lot and having fun. I'm also experiencing a new fascination with simple instruments. For most of this project I'm leaving my 10" dob parked in the shed and using a 50mm refractor at 20X.
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    I like globular clusters myself. But is the overall scheme of things I have to say I enjoy the challenge of identifying an object before I go out and then finding that object, and globular clusters always seem to come up.
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    Smile Favorite object to observe?

    Absolute favorite? Hhmmm! Thats tough to decide but these never escape my gaze when visible.
    1. Saturn
    2. Jupiter
    3. M42
    4. M13
    5. M22
    6. Double Cluster
    7. Gamma And.
    8. Eta Cass.
    9. Epsilon Lyra
    10. M11
    I like trying to split close doubles and also viewing doubles with strong color contrasts, or as my wife calls them "different colored dots".
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    The moon, followed by Jupiter and Saturn.

    As a new owner (October) of a Celestron 8SE, I'll admit that I haven't made any efforts to see any DSOs, but the moon in particular is simply fascinating. It seems as if it's the "Hubble effect" in reverse (i.e., "better than pictures").

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    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.

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    My fav would be, atm, looking up and not seeing these bleedin clouds that seem anchored above my location!

    Seriously though , when weather permits, M45,M42,Doubles, Moon, Planets, Clusters, Galaxies, Nebulae, I like to try limit my observing

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