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Stellar surprises

October 2013: When you go guideless into the night sky, you never know what you'll find.
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Acomputer-guided go-to telescope is a great timesaver, especially when you want to take full advantage of a clear night. Still, every now and then it’s good to turn the telescope’s intelligence center off and your eyes’ alert system on. Then, with nothing but your eye and the sails of your mind wide open, pick a course in the sky and start scanning. When you explore the celestial landscape without an agenda, visual surprises are bound to occur.

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