A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Greg Rudzinski
Date: 2016 Apr 21, 13:14 -0700
Civil twilight is the best time to identify navigational stars and planets. There is less visual clutter during this period. A pair of 7x50mm binoculars will help to see early twilight bodies. Jupiter can be identified with it's orbiting moons. Venus is way bright with a hint of it's phase visible. Stars twinkle and planets don't. Prominent northern constellations are Ursa Major (Big Dipper), Cassiopeia and Orion (The Hunter). The lead star of the Big Dipper is Dubhe and serves as a pointer to Polaris (Pole Star) of Ursa Minor (Little Dipper). The three stars in a row known as Orion's belt serve as a pointer to Sirius (Dog Star) the brightest star. The Big Dipper handle serves as a pointer to Arcturus (The Bear Watcher).
That should get you started if viewing from north latitudes. Oh and Aldebaran is the bright star of Taurus on the opposite side of Orion's belt away from Sirius.
From: Bill Lionheart
Date: 2016 Apr 21, 17:18 +0100