Discover An Embarrassment of Celestial Riches For a Small Telescope
by Brian Ventrudo, Publisher, One-Minute Astronomer
Yes, I dug into my old stargazing notebooks again and pulled out 116 of my favorite sights for a small telescope this time of year. And I’ve painstakingly compiled them into an easy-to-understand guide called “What To See in a Small Telescope (January to March)”.
With this guide, you’ll discover how to observe things in a small telescope most people never even dream of seeing, and that “armchair astronomers” only read about in books.
For example, you’ll see for yourself…
• More than a dozen forgotten jewels in the constellation Orion, including a little-known nebula just above the “club” of the great celestial hunter
• A bright planetary nebula in Taurus with shells of glowing gas that make the nebula look like a miniature “crystal ball”
• A lazy, slowly revolving system of five stars just under Orion’s Belt where the outer stars will soon be tugged away by passing gas clouds
• The “Intergalactic Wanderer”, a large but amazingly distant globular cluster floating in the lonely depths of intergalactic space
• A crimson star in the constellation Lepus, a star so red it looks like blood dripping from a vampire’s fang
• A wedge-shaped nebula in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn, that varies in brightness like a match flickering in the wind
• A dizzying collection of lovely star clusters set in the most exquisitely beautiful section of the southern Milky Way…
… and more than 100 more astonishing sights in the deep sky this time of year. When you finally see these celestial treasures for yourself, it’s like being let in on a closely guarded secret… and you won’t think of the world (or the universe) quite the same way again.
I’ve arranged “What To See in a Small Telescope” into ten complete tours of the sky you can take in January through the end of March. From Auriga in the north to Carina and Vela in the far south, you get all the maps and information you need to find interesting stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies using nothing more than a 3-inch or 4-inch telescope.
Every tour includes everything you need you need to expand your realm of deep-sky sights and help you enjoy more than 100 beautiful deep sky objects in the night sky from January through the end of March.
When you get your copy of “What To See in a Small Telescope” you receive…
• Complete audio notes you can load onto your iPod or MP3 player and follow along during your observing sessions with your telescope. Or you can listen to the audio notes in your car, on the bus, or while going for a walk…. it’s an easy way to plan your next observing session!
• Maps and instructions to find each deep-sky object using well-known reference points in the night sky
• Tips on how to observe each object to extract maximum detail, including which magnification work best, what structure and color to look for, and which (if any) filters to use
• Whole-sky maps for October, November, and December to help you get oriented to the more detailed maps in each tour
• Names and celestial coordinates for every object listed in the tours so you can find them on your own star maps or punch them into your telescope’s “go-to” computer
• A little science to give you insight into what you’re seeing (it’s amazing how much more interesting even the faintest smudge of an object can be if you understand what you’re looking at)
The guide also includes detailed notes in PDF format. And you get a bonus “observing checklist” with all 116 objects listed in the ten tours, and room for your own observing notes as you locate and enjoy each object.
“What To See In A Small Telescope (Jan-March)” is available for immediate download from One-Minute Astronomer’s Stargazer University. The cost? Just $27.00. And as always, you have a full guarantee of satisfaction. If the guide doesn’t meet your expectations, just let me know anytime and you get a full refund.
So why not give “What To See In A Small Telescope” a try? Click here to get started, then wander outside on the next clear night to see something extraordinary!
Brian Ventrudo, Ph.D.
Publisher, One-Minute Astronomer