Posted on: 2011-07-05 19:27:00 -0400

Jennifer gave me a copy of , which is a description of top celestial objects to view with a small telescope (an Orion 102 Mak in my case). For each season, it suggests objects ranging from star clusters and binary stars to galaxies and nebulas, gives each one a rating of one to five telescopes, and provides illustrations of how it will appear in the finder scope and eyepiece of a small telescope. It also includes a detailed discussion of features to see on the moon during different phases (the shadows from sunlight striking the terminator at a shallow angle enhances contrast) and a chapter on each planet.

It’s a great guide for seeding the Featured List of Starmap Pro. Doing this let me find several objects in a quick hour-long observing session.