Five things you can see in UK dark night skies with modest telescopes

You don’t need a giant telescope to see many of the most beautiful objects in the night sky from a dark place. The positions in the sky of these “deep-sky” wonders can be found online, on free programs such as Stellarium and star finder apps on mobile devices. There are also excellent star atlases suitable for beginners such as Norton’s Star Atlas and Turn Left at Orion.