Primary Targets Edit

Check nightly coordinates with Stellarium/other.


Jupiter -- Good for first half of the year. Can use Stellarium to zoom in and identify the Galilean moons. In March/April will be rising later (~10pm). By the end of August it will be setting early (before 10pm), so observe early.

Saturn -- Good for second half of the year. Starts rising late in the evening (~1030pm) starting in June. By mid-October it will set early (~930pm) so observe early.

Other planets Edit

Check availability and coordinates with Stellarium/other.

Venus -- Not super exciting, but can sometimes see the phase (crescent, like the moon, depending on its orientation with respect to the Sun)

Mars -- Red. Can sometimes see color at the poles if lucky and the seeing is good.

Deep sky objects Edit

Wait until 10pm or later. Use the "Messier" catalog in ACE and ensure the altitude is above ~20º before slewing.

M45 Pleiades -- Open cluster. Very bright, can distinguish between its seven brightest stars even with the naked eye. Observable in colder months: setting in the west during March/Apr, starts rising in the east in late September.  

M31 Andromeda Galaxy -- With the telescope, the core appears as a faint smudge. Not the most thrilling to observe, but best galaxy. Observable in colder months: very low or below the horizon from March to Aug.

M13 Hercules -- Best globular cluster. Observable pretty much any time. Low in the sky during March and October, but everything between then is safe.

M57 Ring Nebula -- Smoke ring in space. Quite easy to resolve with good seeing. Great one to pull up a Hubble image of on the monitor to show people side by side. Observable May to November.

M11 Wild Duck -- Open cluster. Observable June-October.  

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