I am often contacted by people for advice on buying telescopes, particularly as gifts around Christmas. So if you are one of those lucky people with a shiny new telescope (or just want to have a fun night observing) then your eyes are about to be opened to a wonderful Universe. But what can you point your 'scope at? Deciding what to look for can be tricky, so here are my top ten objects for beginners.
Obvious perhaps, but choosing the right time to look at the moon is crucial to what you will see. The worst time to study the Moon is when it is full because very few shadows are being cast except around the very edge or limb. Shadows are great at enhancing surface detail so avoid a full moon. Concentrate study along the line between the dark and light -- this is called the "terminator" and its here where surface detail is enhanced well. Experiment between low and high magnification.