Well, this entry is being made retroactively. :) I found my first deep-sky object! NGC 6633 is a nice open cluster south of Altair. It took me forever to find it! ‘course, that’s mostly because I spent so much time verifying the stars I was using for guides (specifically, Altair :).
Anyway, NGC 6633 is quite a nice open cluster. Of course, in the city, it looks a little sparse, as many of its lower magnitude stars are too dim to see. However, it’s still quite pretty, and definitely makes a good first target, as it’s fairly bright (mag 4.8) and surrounded by a number of bright stars which make excellent guide stars. Quite rewarding! :)
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