What celestial objects will I be able to find?

Below are some of the objects you can expect to find through the 4.5 Starblast telescope in Michigan on clear, non-humid nights near the new moon and away from city lights. A few of these objects will require a bit of practice; familiarity with binoculars, constellations, and star-hopping will also help. Remember these 10 Steps to Successful Stargazing and, when all else fails, simply roam the dense regions of the Milky Way and you won't be disappointed!

In addition to the following celestial objects, you'll find Mars in Leo and Saturn in Virgo during the early evenings this May.

Spring (Constellations: Boötes, Cancer, Crater, Hydra, Leo, Virgo)

Name Type Constellation
M44 (Beehive cluster} Open cluster Cancer
M103 Open cluster Cassiopeia
NGC 457 ("ET" or Owl Cluster) Open cluster Cassiopeia
Mizar & Alcor Double star Leo
Algieba Multiple star system Ursa major
Epsilon Boötis Double star Boötes

Summer (Constellations: Aquila, Cygnus, Hercules, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Scorpius, Vulpecula)

Name Type Constellation
M6 (Butterfly Cluster) Open cluster Scorpius
M8 (Lagoon Nebula) Nebula, with cluster Sagittarius
M11 (Wild Duck Cluster) Open cluster Scutum
M13 Globular cluster Hercules
M17 (Swan Nebula) nebula Scutum
M22 Globular cluster Sagittarius
M23 Open cluster Sagittarius
M24 Milky Way Star Cloud Sagittarius
M25 Open cluster Sagittarius
M27 (Dumbbell Nebula)] Planetary nebulla Vulpecula
M57 (Ring Nebula} Planetary nebula Lyra
M103 Open cluster Cassiopeia
NGC 457 ("ET" or Owl Cluster) Open cluster Cassiopeia
Albireo Double star Cygnus
Mizar & Alcor Multiple star system Ursa major
Epsilon_Lyrae (Double Double) Multiple star system Lyra
Alpha Herculis Double star Hercules

Autumn (Constellations: Andromeda, Aquarius, Aries, Capricornus, Pegasus, Pisces)

Name Type Constellation
M31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda
M103 Open cluster Cassiopeia
NGC 457 ("ET" or Owl Cluster) Open cluster Cassiopeia
Mizar & Alcor Multiple star system Ursa major

Winter (Constellations: Canis Major, Cetus, Eridanus, Gemini, Orion, Perseus, Puppis, Taurus)

Name Type Constellation
M34 Open cluster Perseus
M35 Open cluster Gemini
M41 Open cluster Canis major
M42 (Orion nebula) Nebula Orion
M45 (Pleiades} Open cluster Taurus
M46 Open cluster Puppis
M47 Open cluster Puppis
M103 Open cluster Cassiopeia
NGC 457 ("ET" or Owl Cluster) Open cluster Cassiopeia
NGC 884, 869 (Double Cluster) Open clusters Perseus
Mizar & Alcor Multiple star system Ursa major