With all of the major planets in visible portions of the sky right now, the next couple of days are ideal for a "solar system marathon". It's like a Messier Marathon.....but with considerably fewer objects. Here's the "list".
Sun - Visible in the daytime sky right now.
Mercury - -0.7 magnitude in eastern Virgo. 10° above the horizon at nautical twilight.
Venus - -4.0 magnitude in eastern Virgo, 5° NW of Spica
Earth - Look down
Moon - Thin crescent in eastern Virgo about 25° above the horizon at nautical twilight.
Mars - -1.8 magnitude high in the eastern sky (Pisces) after sunset.
Jupiter - -2.2 magnitude low in the southwest (Sagittarius) after sunset.
Saturn - 0.6 magnitude low in the southwest (Sagittarius) just 4° east of Jupiter after sunset.
Uranus - 5.7 magnitude high in the east in Aries after sunset. For bonus points, try to find Uranus naked eye. It's in a pretty barren field between the head of Cetus and Aries. This is very doable if the skies are dark enough.
Neptune - 7.9 magnitude high in the east in Aquarius after sunset - it's less than 1° from Phi Aqr. Here's the view from a typical 50-60mm finder scope.
Bonus - Pluto: This is the one that makes it interesting. Pluto is currently 40 arc minutes from Jupiter. At magnitude 14.4 it'll take a little bit of aperture to see. But it's there. Here's the SkyTools simulated view with my 15" Obsession and a 31mm Nagler.
Asteroid: Ceres - Obviously any minor planet would work here, but Ceres is 9th magnitude in a sparse star field and on the meridian an hour after twilight, just 2° from the Helix nebula. It should be relatively easy to identify from a chart.
Comet: C/2020 M3 (Atlas) - Again, any comet would work here....but this one is 8th magnitude and just 2° off the western end of the belt of Orion. It should be quite easy to find.
The fainter items in the list are well placed to be easily found (Pluto will still be a challenge). I've already been out and looked at the sun with a 4" refractor equipped with a Herschel Wedge earlier this morning....a single sunspot group on the face. Also checked off the EArth. Just now. So, two down....eleven to go.
Edited by Mike Wiles, 11 November 2020 - 02:15 PM.