MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote:Your local conditions must not be too bad if you caught Jupiter and Mercury.
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ToddBrunton Eterna 15x51 • Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX • Garrett Optical Signature Series 15x70Nikon 12x50 Action Extreme • Oberwerk 15x60 • Oberwerk 20x80 StandardPentax 20x60 PCF WP II • Celestron Skymaster 20x80 (Reanimated by Dr. Suddarth)Orion Paragon Plus Mount and Paragon XHD TripodManfrotto 562B Monopod adapted with Manfrotto 222 "Joystick" Head
Quote:Assuming you have a PC, I would like to recommend that you complement Stellarium with at least Han Kleijn's planetarium program Hallo Northern Sky, hnsky. This freeware program's deepsky help file is an immense resource. It contains observing notes and descriptions from two very experienced astronomers, Steve Coe and Steve Gottlieb, who are also CN members. When a deep sky object (DSO) is a suitable target for binoculars, they let you know. And there's a lot more than that! Please also remember that Stellarium is stil in development. The only information you can get from it is in the upper left display.
Of course, there are many other programs. But it is this program that has been a part of my education and experience.