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60mm Telescope Objects In The Night Sky

Updated on October 2, 2009

60mm Telescope

60mm telescopes are the most popular telescopes being sold today. It is the most popular size telescope being sold in many department stores. Many people use their telescopes for terrestrial viewing, that is looking at just land objects. If you are an owner of a 60mm telescope, please don't make the mistake and think that your scope is not good for astronomy. There are many beautiful objects in the night sky that are well in reach of your scope. I will share with you a few with you that I have found enjoyable throughout the years.

1st quarter moon
1st quarter moon

Beautiful Objects For Your 60mm Telescope


The most obvious object for your telescope is the moon. You can actually see hundreds of craters with your telescope if you actually took the time to count them. You will get more enjoyment from viewing the moon when you pay attention to detail. Try looking for craters INSIDE of craters. That is a real treat. Also try to see the various mountain ranges when viewing the moon. Look for the more obvious craters such as Plato, Tycho, Copernicus and so on. Your 60mm telescope can easily resolve these craters in great detail. You may also want to make use of a moon map to see what other lunar landscapes will catch your interest. You can Google "moon" then click on images at google to start you off. Heard of Google Earth? Try Google Moon... it's simply amazing.

The Planets
The Planets


There are a few planets that will simply amaze you when viewing through your telescope. First off... Jupiter. Even with a small 60mm telescope, you will be able to see at least 2 or 3 red cloud belts on Jupiter. You will also be able to see four of Jupiter's larger moons (Jupiter has 63 moons) all named after Galileo's 4 sons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. If you watch them over a course of a few days, you will see them change position around Jupiter as they continue with their orbit. With a good high power lens, you can actually see a solar eclipse on Jupiter from time to time.

The planet Saturn is also a real gem to look at. My first telescope was a 50mm table top refractor that my parents bought for me from Kmart back in the seventies. The first planet I saw with that scope was Saturn. At ten years old, I was simply in awe. You will be to with your 60mm. You will be able to see it's rings and even the Cassini division with a high power eyepiece. Saturn's largest moon Titan is also visible. It is bigger than our own moon and the planets Mercury and Pluto.

Mars and Venus are also in reach of a 60mm telescope. However there is considerable less detail to observe than with Jupiter and Saturn. That is because all though closer than the other planets, they are also quite smaller. With Mars, you may be able to see it's polar caps under pristine viewing conditions. With Venus, all you can see is it's moon like phases and no surface features because it's entire surface is covered with gaseous clouds.

The Pleiades
The Pleiades

Stars, Stars, and Stars

There are so much stars to see with your 60mm. They all come in various formats so to speak. Single stars, double stars such as Albireo in the constellation of Cygnus. Some of the brighter globular clusters such as M4, M13 and M22, open clusters The Pleiades and even a galaxy or two such as the Andromeda are well with in reach of a 60mm telescope. Of course to enjoy these night gems you have to find them first. There is a free program for your computer that is simply amazing to learn your way around the night sky. The name of the program is Stellarium. Just Google it and go to their website and install it. Once installed, just type in your city and the program will display the sky for your area and time of day.

My Recommendation for a 60mm Telescope

I would personally recommend the Celestron Nexstar 60GT 60mm Go-To Refractor Telescope. For more info on this scope, you can go here.

60mm Telescope

If you are in a hurry to enjoy the night sky without having to learn star maps, this is the telescope for you. It will point to over 4,000 celestial objects for you with the push of a button.


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      CW 6 years ago

      You might be interested in the 60mm Telescope club on yahoo groups

      Great bunch of small scope enthusiasts and observers!

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      JM 6 years ago

      Great post, Thanks! I have many big scopes but still get plenty of use and enjoyment from my quality 60mm. Glad to see some people are smart enough to know they are not just 'toys' Good read!