Listed below are some of the most impressive deep-sky objects for beginners to hunt down.  These objects are relatively easy to find and will wow anyone looking through your telescope!  The moon and planets are also great targets but are visible in different parts of the sky in different years.  Software and current magazines will give the location of the planets at any given time.  The moon, Jupiter and Saturn are by far the most impressive solar system objects and are must-sees if they are out.  For beautiful targets beyond the solar system, check out the objects below.

Spring Objects

Object Name Type of Object Constellation
M3 Globular Cluster Canes Venatici
Beehive Cluster (M44) Star Cluster Cancer
Algieba Double Star Leo
Mizar Double Star Ursa Major

 

Summer Objects

Object Name Type of Object Constellation
Butterfly Cluster (M6) Star Cluster Scorpius
M7 Star Cluster Scorpius
Lagoon Nebula (M8) Diffuse Nebula & Star Cluster Sagittarius
Wild Duck Cluster (M11) Star Cluster Scutum
M13 Globular Cluster Hercules
Swan Nebula (M17) Diffuse Nebula Sagittarius
Ring Nebula (M57) Planetary Nebula Lyra
Albireo Double Star Cygnus

 

Fall Objects

Object Name Type of Object Constellation
M2 Globular Cluster Aquarius
M15 Globular Cluster Pegasus
Andromeda Galaxy (M31) Galaxy Andromeda
Double Cluster (NGC869 & 884) Star Clusters Perseus

 

Winter Objects

Object Name Type of Object Constellation
M35 Star Cluster Gemini
M36 Star Cluster Auriga
M37 Star Cluster Auriga
M41 Star Cluster Canis Major
Orion Nebula (M42) Diffuse Nebula Orion
The Pleiades (M45) Star Cluster Taurus