FYI, not really telescope related, but close. The Persied Meteor shower peaks on the 13th, but as the moon is full on the 13th, tonight may be the best viewing available. Look to the NE after 11pm as Perseus rises (best viewing should be pre-dawn as is with most meteor showers). The meteors should appear to shower the earth from the constellation Perseus.
WTF . . . not ONE Uranus joke so far? You guys are slipping.
Enjoy the hobby . . . I tried it one summer and just didn't have the patience for it, but I have several friends who are still nuts about it, and man they have a great time. Wine is usually also involved, though.
Not sure what smartphone you do (or don't) have but I use an awesome app on my iPhone called Star Walk. It uses the GPS and compass to track your location and shows you almost everything in the night sky real time. Makes finding objects MUCH easier.
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