If you are just starting out or even an old hand at astronomy Left Turn At Orion is a good all around book. You will not find the wazoo pictures you get from Hubble.
What you WILL find are very good drawings that look more like what you will see in the eyepiece.
Left Turn At Orion will walk you right to the object, very will done!
This is M29
It is a small 8 star cluster in Cygnus
One of Charles Messier discoveries who cataloged it on July 29, 1764.
This is my first drawings!
M29 is not hard to see just hard to find.
I passed it by a couple of times then it hit me, that small group of stars must be it.
Observing Location: Back Yard
Man what a night.
I was not planing on going out last night.
But right before I went to be I peeked out the door and what a glorious site.
Sagittarius was there in view, a rare thing from my light polluted back yard.
So I packed up the scope and headed out to my dark spot.
I am gald I did
TAGED and BAGED
M54, M70, M69, M55, M7, M6, M4, M80, M11, M26, M16, M9
M31 M32 M110
This was the first time I could SEE Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye.
I left just as Mars was coming up.
What a night
Is another can’t live without.
What it does is
Stellarium renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real-time. With stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope.
– Over 120000 stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue with name and infos for the
– Planets in real time, with a powerful zoom mode to see them like in a
– Drawing of the 88 constellations with their names,
– Drawing of more than 40 messiers objects (Orion, M31 etc..),
– Photorealistic Milky Way,
– Ground, fog, and landscape,
– Clickable stars, planets and nebulas with informations,
– Windowed and fullscreen modes.