Below is the list of First Light Guides visible when the 0 hour of Right Ascension crosses the meridian. They are listed in order of Right Ascension from west (that will set first) to east (that will set last). That way you can start at the top of the list and observe to the bottom! It is a very good time to observe with a telescope, as the following are visible:
for a total of 26 night sky telescope objects.
See the graphic below for the approximate locations in the sky for each object. Note the oval indicates where objects are best-seen when the 0 hour crosses the meridian. See below for more information.
# Name / designation Type of Object
61 Beta Cygni (Albireo) Star, Double
62 Messier 27 (Dumbbell) Nebula, Planetary
63 Omicron Cygni Star, Double
64 61 Cygni Star, Double
65 Beta Cephei (Alfirk) Star, Double
66 Messier 15 Cluster, Globular
67 Messier 2 Cluster, Globular
68 Mu Cephei (Garnet Star) Star (special)
69 NGC7160 Cluster, Open
70 Delta Cephei Star, Cepheid Variable
71 51 Pegasi Star (special)
2 Messier 32 Galaxy, Dwarf Elliptical
3 NGC225 Cluster, Open
4 Eta Cassiopeiae Star, Double
5 NGC457 Cluster, Open
7 NGC663 Cluster, Open
8 56 Andromedae Star, Double
9 Lambda Arietis Star, Double
10 NGC869 Cluster, Open
12 Gamma Andromedae Star, Double
13 30 Arietis Star, Double
14 Beta Persei (Algol) Star, Eclipsing Variable
15 Messier 34 Cluster, Open
Not sure how to find the constellations where these objects are located? No problem! Learn how to find each from these pages:
Here is what the sky looks like without the objects notated or the lines for the well-known / easily-identified shapes:
Keep in mind, other objects may be visible depending on local conditions. For example, your eastern sky may have less light pollution than west. In that case, objects to the east may be visible that are not listed on this chart, as they would be below the 45 degrees elevation. Therefore, using other charts for these objects may be appropriate depending on your circumstances.
For most observers though, these are the objects best seen when the zero hour of right ascension is at or near the meridian, as these objects are have go through the least amount of atmosphere. Therefore, they are likely to be best seen when the sky appears as the graphic at the top of this page shows.