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    Ok I just got my first telescope ever two days ago and I really have enjoyed it.

    I have seen Saturn and all its glory, the coloration on Jupiter with its moons and even got up lat night at 3am to see Mars and could make out the polar ice caps.

    Its been three really awesome days.

    My question is since I am really getting into this and know where most constellations are and where the plants are, what are some of the "easiest" or brighest Deep sky objects that I will be able to find.

    Are their any galaxies, nebulae or cluster that kind of stand out and are easiest to find for a beginner?

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    Galaxies, M31 (Andromeda) M81&82 (Bodes) M51 (Whirlpool) M101, M110 just to name a few easy ones.

    Star clusters. M13, M92, M45, M5, M3 just to name a few

    Nebula. M27 (Ring Nebula) M27 (Dumbell Nebula) The blinking PN, Saturn Nebula, just to name a few.

    Now, It is obvious you need a good free planetary program. You can answer all of your questions about where stuff is and what you can see on any given night, past present or future. All you need to do is go to Stellarium and download this free planetary program. Once you put in your location, you can plan your nights observing by picking out targets you CAN see from your backyard before you go out.

    Very nice telescope by the way. It is capable of seeing many wonders up there, and will keep you busy for years to come.

    Have fun, and clear skies to ya
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    Thank you...I really appreciate it.

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    Welcome and enjoy the scope. Good advice above.
    There are two books I used to learn my way around. They are Nightwatch and Turn Left at Orion. They are well worth buying.
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    If you have a clear view to the south, then there are several Messier Objects in Sagittarius that are easy finds.
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