Hi, I started watching night sky some time ago with 7x35 Binoculars borrowed from my dad bought by him long time ago, for basic observations they were enought despite the facts that one lens was broken, that allowed me to see little more than my own eyes. My favourite object was M45, pretty easy to find, and good-looking. Another Object was M42, also pretty cool, but looked just like white blurred dot, with star in it. I also tried to see M31, but I've can't do it (Or I was just too unexperienced to do that). I also saw Mars, which looked just like orange star. I've tried see other objects, but I didn't saw anything special, most time spend on looking for Constellations, and comparing them with sky map's. Now I bought cheap 12x50 Binoculars, the quality upgrade was awesome, M42 is looking more like photos I saw in internet, I can see more stars in M45, finally I found and saw M31, but it is looking like white blurred spot, if I didnt knew that its here, I would probably not knew that I saw anything, if we are next to M31, I also tried to see M33, but I've cant do it, I saw something, but it was probably star between M33 and Alpha Trianguli. Tried to see Flame Nebula, but it was more difficult than I though. Last thing I tried to saw was Beehive cluster in Cancer Constellation, I'm not sure if I saw it, but I feel like I'm not. With new Binoculars I feel like Im seeing a lot more, for example stars, I saw a lot of them when looking for Cancer Constellation, but Im also feeling like the quality upgrade from my old 7x35 was nothing, I didn't saw anything new, or special, but its maybe becouse night today isn't the best.
I'm living in suburbs of small city in Central Europe, I have best view for the South Part of the sky, and worst for North-West. What is best sky obejcts, which I can look for with 12x50 binoculars? I heard that I should be able to see most of the Messier list, but, I can't see many of them. Im not sure if It's becouse of my sky quality, binoculars, handshaking, or maybe all three
Update: I went out again, and saw Beehive cluster, so my lack of experience is also problem.
Edited by Papkin, 02 March 2021 - 02:13 PM.