BINOCULAR HIGHLIGHTS


I always present viewing directions in the order you should look starting with West because objects are setting in that direction. I've also added viewing times that are reasonably early in the evening so you don't have to be a night owl to observe with your binoculars. I selected September 5 as an observing date instead of mid September because the Moon's glare will interfere during that time. You can use these charts near the end of September as well because the Moon won't be a factor then. The difference is all objects will be shifted more south and west near the end of the month.
This is a sort of carry over from the EVENTS AND NAKED EYE VIEWING page showing Jupiter and Venus lower to the horizon after evening twilight. For those of us in Moreno Valley NM, these objects are too close to the horizon for you to see over the mountain tops. There's almost "nothing to see here" for folks living in areas without a flat western horizon.
The southern horizon continues to be the "hostess with the mostest" for just about everything! Mars and Saturn still dominate the southern sky with their brilliance and they'll be higher above the horizon too! You'll also (if you live in the southern US) be able to see the southern hemisphere constellations of Microscopium, Corona Australis, and part of Telescopium. The red smudge just below right of Saturn is the Lagoon Nebula (M 8) (visible as a grey fog embedded with dozens of bright baby stars). The large misty area above left of Saturn is the Sagittarius Star Cloud (M 24) consisting of at least 1,000 bright stars in a standard binocular field. Another immense dense cloud of stars forms the "steam" rising from the "spout" of the Sagittarius "teapot" asterism. There are also gigantic dark areas caused by dense clouds of dust near the Milky Way's central bulge. All this stuff blocks our view of the other side of our spiral galaxy that we see edge on because we're in it! Modern telescopes designed to "see through" these dense clouds using infrared and radio wave light sensors are in the process of mapping the "other side" that we haven't seen since the dawn of civilization. Eventually, we'll have a much more accurate 3D picture of our home island universe. I'm not sure I'll live long enough to see it, but it will look spectacular I'm sure! 
The circumpolar constellation Cassiopeia rises in the NNE as a figure "3" with the Perseus Double Cluster of stars below it. The Double Cluster is so large that the wide angle field of binoculars is just what's needed to see it all. The top of the "3" can be used as an arrow pointer to show the way to the Great Andromeda Galaxy shown on the right side of this image.
The Great Square of Pegasus is now fully visible as a prominent Autumn constellation. The Andromeda Galaxy (M 31) is also in this image with the Pinwheel Galaxy (M 33) below it. M 31 is the sister spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. It's 2.5 million light years from Earth and our other sister spiral galaxy belonging to the same local group is M 33 at 2.7 million light years away. This is not the best month to view these galaxies although both are naked eye objects in a clear dark non light polluted sky. We'll have to wait until November to get our best view of these island universes. Neptune is to the right of Pegasus. It is so dim that even though you can see it with binoculars, it is almost impossible to distinguish it from background stars. You'll need a telescope to prove its location.