It's time for a little sightseeing. Some of the night sky's most thrilling features are within range of even modestly powered telescopes. This list contains some of the coolest things you can see in the heavens. And the best part: these objects are easy to find, even for amateur astronomers.
The Coolest and easiest things to find in the night sky
M42 & M13: courtesy of Tim Hunter and James McGaha, Grasslands Observatory at http://www.3towers.com; M31 & M45: courtesy of Herm Perez, http://home.att.net/~hermperez/default.htm; M8: courtesy of Bob Star, http://www.flickr.com/photos/52031391@N00/70287323 / CC BY 2.0
2009: The International Year of Astronomy
With the theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover," a United Nations agency is bringing astronauts, artists, scientists, academics, and others together during the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observation of the heavens in 1609.
Spend some time reading these articles and you will dramatically improve your knowledge of telescopes to help you choose the one best for you.