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The one that is visible ! Dont care which, beggars cant be chosers in this climate !

Orion, Cygnus and Sagittarius come up with good reason. Although it lacks visual punch, Cepheus is absolutely oozing with delights for the imager. What's amazng about Orion, though, is that as well as

Got to be Sagittarius for me to. So many objects to look at. 11 Messiers visible in this image alone.

I need 3, Orion always great naked eye, Cassiopeia for leading me into M31 naked eye, and Taurus for M45 again naked eye.

I get as much pleasure from just looking up at familiar friends as I do from using all the kit. + they are a great indicator for sky conditions.

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Well, I think we are nearly ready to reveal our Christmas Number One!

I just wish I could see our familiar friends - the evil clouds have returned with a vengeance and look set to be here for the next while. Seriously considering moving to Olly's garden in my campervan for a few weeks. He's been bragging about collecting 18 hours data in a single night... That's worth emigrating for!

Happy Winter Solstice everyone, enjoy The Longest Night.

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Another vote for Orion here, love seeing him striding out of the horizon as late Autumn goes through into Winter, knowing all the imaging delights are returning.

Also like Cassiopiea, lots of great things of its own, plus it points to others such as M31 :)

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Cassiopeia for me too, mainly because its always there.

I was just about to say that.

Cassiopeia because there is a feast of targets that I can enjoy with my binoculars as much as my scopes.

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First choice Ursa Major. It's brimming with galaxies.  I also choose this for a personal reason - as kids playing on the street forty years ago we always called it the "question mark".  My fascination with what the question mark actually is got me involved in astronomy from then on.  I also always think of my late wife Yvonne when I look at Dubhe. 

After that Orion, Cygnus and Virgo.

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Orion and Sagittarius. Orion in the winter is amazing and am looking forward to some dark sky time once the weather plays ball. 

​I have an as yet untested dark sky site with a slight negative southern horizon that I intend to use for Sagittarius. I would love to get the Lagoon nebula through the dob and also M7 again, lovely little cluster.

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Orion with naked eye and sag with my scope

I'm with Moonshane on this one.

With a pair of Binos or the Naked eye Orion is an absolute knockout in the winter,,,,,,, and its got

plenty to point a scope at too............

But Sagittarius must Take it for me with a scope, you could spend a life-time looking around all the

objects in there,  Globulars, Clusters, Emmision, Replection and Planetary Nebulae - Starclouds

and the bright starfields and dark dust-lanes covering the enormous THING in the centre of our Galaxy.

and the Bonus........M20 !       Any constellation that has M20 sitting in it wins by default.

That's it then, I declare Sagittarius the winner on the Buckfast / Adlestones countback system.

Marvelous....       

Merry Christmas.........  Mick 

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I really like Scorpio but don't get to see it often enough.

Cassiopeia is probably the most useful sky marker where I live as it lets me easily locate M31 and M33, if I can see the latter unaided then I know it's gonna be a good night :D

Pleiades for being the pretty little jewel that it is.

TSED70Q, iOptron Smart EQ pro, ASI-120MM, Finepix S5 pro.

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Orion for me. It was the first constellation I learned and every time I check in on M42 (which is quite often this time of year) it feels a bit like going home. Sagittarius is very impressive as well. I only saw it for the first time this year after making a special effort. 

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