I bought a Celestron Firstscope 60 model #21066 (refracting) telescope a while back, and have just lately gotten around to setting it up. I know almost nothing about telescopes or astronomy in general.<br /><br />It has a 900mm focal length, 60mm aperture, and focal ratio of f/15. Comes with a 6x24 finderscope. It has three eyepieces: 36x, 72x, and 225x. And it comes with two lenses: a 1.5x and 3x Barlow lens. The max power is 675x.<br /><br />What would I be able to see in the sky in a rural area with this telescope?<br /><br />I've been able to get a very clear shot of the moon's surface which I was pleased with. But beyond that, I don't know what is possible or even how to find it. I picked up a few stars at random in the telescope with various lenses, but none were any more clear than just looking into the sky at them with the naked eye.<br /><br />What sort of things can I expect to see in a fair amount of detail? And if you can offer any advice on how I can find them i'd appreciate it. I downloaded the august star map in the Northern Hemisphere from http://skymaps.com/downloads.html, but I don't reallly understand how to interpret it. If i'm in North America, would it mean that the Cassiopeia constellation would be over head at the given time (is that eastern time)? Or would the exact center of the map be what is seen overhead.<br /><br />I'd really like to be able to see the closest planets (Mars particularly).. but have no idea where I should be looking or even if it's possible to see it on this telescope.<br /><br />Thanks.