I bought a copy of Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French two years ago and have been reading it in last year. It is a source from which I choose objects when I intend to set out to a dark site. In a word, I read it before observing, in observing and after observing.
After one year's use, I have to say I don't think some of targets are desirable, some even not worth the effort you make to find them.
Some targets are so faint to us. For instance, I can't see Stephan's Quintet or five galaxies encompassing NGC524, and M74 is just a fluffy ball, with my Celestron C11 EdgeHD. But she distinguished spiral structure of M74 just using a 4' refractor.
Although her home is semirural, I believe that her observing condition is much better than most of us, besides her acuteness in finding details.
In addition, some open clusters, may be involved in catalogues of King or Berkeley, are so small and faint. You can't find it directly by your Goto mounting. After a star-hopping hunting, finally you just see some faint to extremely faint stars without an obvious edge. They are really not wonderful.
After spending some hours to drive to a dark site, you set up your instrument, then point your telescope to a never-seen-before object, looking forward to seeing some subtle details, but get nothing. I think most of you can understand this feeling of frustration.
I don't think this book is suited for me maybe due to my bad discernment or sky condition. I will look for some casually observing books, giving myself more sense of contentment and happiness.
Welcome to discuss.
Edited by Chen Sir, 08 December 2023 - 03:52 AM.