I've had a passive interest in backyard astronomy for a while now, and I just recently decided to do some research and invest in a telescope -- namely the Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian.
I'm super excited! My parents have always had a 4.5" Newtonian that has served us well, but I'm thinking that with the convenient mount and almost double the diameter, I'll be able to view all sorts of objects I couldn't view before, and in higher resolution. But that brings me to my question: What objects, specifically extrasolar, are the best for viewing through a small telescope? Also, what objects are easier to view in one's own backyard (with moderate light pollution), as opposed to dark-sky viewing? Are there any good resources for this?
The cosmos at our fingertips.
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