ASE-24: Observing list for beginners

/ASE-24: Observing list for beginners
ASE-24: Observing list for beginners2018-12-02T13:02:38+00:00

Often people get a new telescope, perhaps for a birthday present or for Christmas, and then don’t know where to begin. ASE-24 is a simple list, numbered for our founding year of 1924, which gives you a starting point in astronomy, identifying some of the most interesting and easy to observe objects in the night sky.

It will help you to decide on what aspects of astronomy interest you most, allowing you to specialise more in the future should you wish to. Some of them are very easy, some quite a bit harder, but all will help you to get useful observational skills, most importantly how to find objects in the night sky. All should be be visible with a small beginner’s telescope.

We have deliberately not included the Sun in this list because it is potentially dangerous to observe and you should always take advice on what equipment to use first. When done safely, the Sun is a fascinating object to study.

Never look at the Sun directly as you will damage your eyesight permanently!


ASE-1 Lunar seas and ray craters
ASE-2 Copernicus and Plato
ASE-3 Other craters and features
ASE-4 Appenines and Alpine valley
ASE-5 Albireo – Cygnus
ASE-6 Epsilon Lyrae
ASE-7 Mizar, Alcor – Ursa Major
ASE-8 Jupiter moons and cloud belts
ASE-9 Saturn rings
ASE-10 Venus phases
ASE-11 Mars
ASE-12 Uranus and Neptune

Download this table as: ASE-24 printable checklist PDF »

ASE-13 M42 – Orion nebula
ASE-14 M31 – Andromeda galaxy
ASE-15 M27 – Dumbbell nebula
ASE-16 M57 – Ring nebula
ASE-17 M13 – Hercules
ASE-18 M15 – Pegasus
ASE-19 M2 – Aquarius
ASE-20 M45 Pleiades – Taurus
ASE-21 M35 – Gemini
ASE-22 M34 – Perseus
ASE-23 M44 Beehive – Cancer
ASE-24 Double cluster – Perseus


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