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No list for August~
No list for October~
Above are Messier objects arranged by the month as complied by Curt Nason. These are visual lists that are easy to follow, and the objects themselves can be viewed with binoculars or almost any kind of telescope, particularly if you have a good sky away from city lights. The quality of the sky and interest to learn is probably more important than the equipment you have.
For the beginner, astronomy can seem like an overwhelming subject. But any subject can be made easier when it is broken down into parts, thus excluding parts you don’t need at a particular time. Good astronomy books will take you through the seasons, lunar observing might take you through the days, and in this case, Messier objects have been arranged for best viewing in a particular month.
Even if you don’t find a particular target, the search is almost always worthwhile, quite often finding something else while scanning the night sky with binoculars. And with our ever changing sky, something that may be impossible to locate one night will “pop” into view the following night.