Originally Posted by erick
Saturn, Jupiter. Split the double stars at Alpha Centauri and Alpha Crucis. Try to find Neptune. Then search out open star clusters - the Jewel Box (NGC 4755), NGC 6231 in Scorpius, IC 2602 (the Southern Peliades) before it gets too low in the south. Look for the "Five of Diamonds" beside IC 2602. Just "above" it this evening. You may find a glimpse of the Eta Carina nebula (look early) and Omega Centauri globular cluster if you peer hard against the moonlit sky. Get up early tomorrow and look at the Peliades, Venus and try to see the Trapezium stars in the Orion nebula. Lots to see!
Thanks for those target's Erick, 'cause I'm used to using binoculars it didn't even occur to me that an 8" telescope would make looking at faint stuff still worth it with a bright moon.
I had a clear night on friday, and searched out Omega Centauri and wow
Even with the bright moon I could make out it's speckled appearance and multitudes of stars, not surprisingly a big improvement on what I see through binos
I was so excited I went down the road and knocked on the door of a guy I'd met on the bus who said that he was interested in astronomy but had never looked through a telescope before.
He came back down with me and we ended up checking stuff out till past midnight when the clouds started coming in
The weather's deteriorated now though, with rain looking like it's set in for the next few days so I'm using the opportunity to finish off my denver observing chair. Here's hoping it works considering my dodgy DIY skills
Maybe I should let someone else test it for me