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-7||Mizar, Alcor – Ursa Major|
|ASE-8||Jupiter moons and cloud belts|
|ASE-12||Uranus and Neptune|
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|NEBULAE & GALAXIES|
|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|