10 Easiest deep-sky objects to see with small telescopes

The night sky is covered with full of stars, galaxies, nebulas, and clusters. If you are living in the less light-pollution area then probably you have witnessed lots of stars in the night sky. Today we are going to discuss top 10 best deep-sky objects that we can easily target with small binoculars and telescopes. These 10 objects are easily trackable in light-polluted city areas too.

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Pleiades M45

  • One of the best, brightest, and easily observable deep-sky object with naked eyes in rural as well as urban areas.
  • All 7 bright stars of cluster can be easily trackable, if you have binocular or telescope then you will find ample number of small stars around cluster and little fuzzy cloud around the stars.
  • M45 is also known as “The Seven Sisters”.

M42 Orion Nebula

  • M42 is the brightest nebula that can be visible through naked eyes, situated in the famous constellation named Orion.
  • With naked eyes you can clearly catch diffuse cloud of nebula, and pair of small binoculars or telescopes will give you more wonderful view of nebula.
Image: Stellarium
Image: Stellarium

M31 Andromeda galaxy

  • If you love to observe galaxies then M31 The Andromeda galaxy could be the best target for you.
  • M31 is the nearest large galaxy to our milky way galaxy.
  • In less light pollution area M31 can be seen with naked eyes, otherwise you need small pair of binocular to observe this spiral galaxy.

M13 Hercules Cluster

  • M13 is the globular cluster situated in the Hercules constellation.
  • It is known to be one of the brightest star cluster with hundreds of thousands of stars.
  • Easy target for binoculars and small telescopes.
Image: Stellarium
image: Stellarium

M7 Ptolemy Cluster

  • M7 is one type of open star cluster located in the Scorpius constellation.
  • Easily observable with naked eyes, but with binocular and telescope you can witness lots of stars in it.

M8 Lagoon Nebula

  • M8 lagoon nebula is one type of emission nebula situated in Sagittarius Constellation.
  • M8 is little bit faint for naked eyes, you need dark skies and small pair of binocular for observation of this nebula.

Image: Stellarium
Image: Stellarium

M11 Wild Duck Cluster

  • It is open cluster in Scutum Constellation.
  • Easy target for small binoculars and telescopes.

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

  • Another galaxy after M31 to catch easily in the night sky.
  • It was first galaxy to be classified as spiral galaxy and located in constellation Canes Venatici.
  • One of the good and easy target for deep-sky observers.
Image: Stellarium
Image: Stellarium

M81 & M82

  • M81 & M82 are the pair of galaxies situated in the Ursa Major.
  • To observer these galaxies you have to find clear dark skies and small size of telescope.

If you are living in a rural area (Bortle Sky 3 or less) then the majority of deep-sky objects can see through naked eyes. For Urban and city sky where light pollution is more, you require 10×50 binocular or higher size and in a telescope, you require aperture size 60mm or more then these are the best deep-sky objects for you.

2 thoughts on “10 Easiest deep-sky objects to see with small telescopes

  1. Twicsy says:

    Wow, this post is pleasant, my younger sister is analyzing these things, so I am going to inform her.


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