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Hello, I've just recently bought a pair of Opticron 8x42 Imagic TGA for general use and beginner skywatching.

The moon was quite an obvious starting point, then to Jupiter which has 2 points of light really close to it - possibly Europa and Callisto according to Stellarium. Then the plaeides were more than a smudge in the sky, in a patch of sky which appeared to the naked eye to have nothing in it was a twinkly mass once I pointed the bins at it. FANTASTIC!!!

I really dont have much sky mapping experience so the phone and mac apps are going to be a great help!

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hello and welcome, the Sky and Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas is small, detailed enough, inexpensive, folds flat on rings and will help you loads. Enjoy!

Barry

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For some easy, monthly binoculae objects, visit the link below for printable monthly sky charts that can be printed out and taken outside:

SKYMAPS

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Hi, I got 'The Practical Astronomer' book that I use later to confirm my sightings, an excellent read too. Welcome to SGL.

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