I suggest a small instrument... because who feels like doing a major setup at 4a.m. ?... and by the time all the bits and pieces are in place and you have done alignment the sun is already up !
Even at night... IF the sky is clear.... you want to take a peep quickly.... you may not have time for a lengthy setup.... and unless the night is exceptional (which is very rare these days).... by the time you haul out you bits and pieces and get aligned... lo and behold CLOUDS all over the sky (where did they come from so fast ?)... you have no idea, how fast they can spoil your plan.
I have a large telescope.. and it gets used maybe 5 times a year... I have the small one and it gets used several times a week !
So unless you are building an observatory.... complete with power motors to move the roof... do yourself a big favor and get a SMALL telescope... I will put up a page with advice on picking one soon... until then be patient.
Looking SOUTH EAST
Looking UP (directly overhead)
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