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Glenn Chaple's Observing Basics: A swarm of stars

April 2009: Discover why the Beehive Cluster has been a popular sky target since ancient times.
Glenn Chaple
One of the joys of being a novice backyard astronomer is the exhilaration that comes with each discovery. To illustrate the point, let me take you back to an early spring evening in 1964. The Beatles' "British Invasion" of America had just begun, and I trudged outside toting a little 60mm f/12 Gilbert reflecting telescope, the refrains of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" running through my head.

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