Maybe this holiday season you received a new telescope yourself. This is very exciting as you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far away and faint that just detecting them can be the challenge! Whether your new scope is a long, sleek tube or a compact marvel of computerized wizardry, surely you can't wait to try it out.
The waxing Moon picture in this post is just before the first-quarter phase, as it appears in an amateur telescope magnified about 40 times. The Moon changes phase from night to night, revealing new features every step of the way. The Moon will next be at this particular phase, with the terminator running almost down the middle, on the evening of January 4, 2017.
Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, advises some important tips on getting started. Read full article at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/what-to-see-with-your-new-telescope-2/