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Our new (local cable near Detroit) video show's first episode attempted to cover naked eye astronomy. Constellations, meteor showers and the Milky Way are best seen naked eye. There are a few double stars (Mizar/Alcor), a galaxy (Andromeda), a few clusters (M44, M45, M13) that are visible. There's the Moon, with a bunch of stuff, and as dots, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus (a challenge naked eye object). Is that enough to get a kid going? The real problem is finding stuff. It's so much easier if someone shows you. But now, your scope's computer can do that. I've seen the rings of Saturn in binoculars. And my 50 mm Sears telescope showed them OK.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2009 on let's go to the moon at WWdN: In Exile
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