Discover An Embarrassment of Celestial Riches For a Small Telescope
by Brian Ventrudo, Publisher, One-Minute Astronomer
It’s time to turn off the T.V., dust off your old telescope, and get ready to see some amazing sights on the next clear night…
Yes, I dug into my old stargazing notebooks again and pulled out more than 100 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 (April to June)”.
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…
• The “Odd Couple” of galaxies near the Big Dipper, one an elegant near-perfect spiral, the other a mangled wreck nearly torn apart by intense star formation
• A beautiful edge-on spiral galaxy that looks like a silver flying saucer careening through intergalactic space
• The Virgo Galaxy Cluster, the closest major galaxy cluster to Earth and the home to nearly 2,000 galaxies packed into a patch of sky no larger than your hand held at arm’s length.
• Messier’s “Lost Star Cluster”, a lovely spray of young stars not far from the head of Hydra, the largest constellation in the heavens
• A stupendous star cluster in Centaurus, the home to more than a million stars, and one of the most beautiful sights in the heavens for a small telescope
• A small, curving chain of galaxies in Virgo which you can spy with a 4″ telescope, and which is home to more trillions of stars
• The mighty Tarantula Nebula, a gigantic star factory nearly 100x larger than the Orion Nebula, and where hundreds of thousands of new stars are being created…
… 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 April through the end of June. From Ursa Major in the north to Crux and Centaurus 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 April through the end of June.
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 these months 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 106 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 (April-June)” 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