BBC Sky at Night Magazine
A simple setup should be all you need to journey through a stellar lifetime
Although many of the objects featured here are visible to the naked eye, you’ll need some help to see others. A pair of 10x50 binoculars will show you the Orion Nebula as a small haze in the centre of Orion’s Sword, the Ring Nebula as an out-of-focus star just beneath icy blue Vega, and the Crab Nebula as a tiny, smoky smudge a hand’s width from garnet red Aldebaran. A small telescope on a steady tripod will show more detail in these objects, and observing on a Moon-free night from an observing site unaffected by light pollution will improve your views even more.