Not sure which section this should be posted in, so I am taking a stab at this one.
I recently purchased an 8" dob mounted newtonian (Meade Lightbridge). I have not had a chance to get out with it yet (life is crazy!). I am hoping to take it out in the next week or so (at least to my back yard - southern california area with moderate light pollution). I do not want to be disappointed, so I was hoping someone could give me some sort of idea of what I should be able to see (based on me getting it collimated correctly and spotting something accurately). I have a 26mm eyepiece that came with the scope and I also purchased an additional 10mm eyepiece. I will be excited more if I know what to expect. Also, with houses all around, I will not have a clear view at any low lying objects. Can anyone recommend any objects to concentrate on that are oriented a bit higher in the sky? I have joined a local astronomy club, but the forum is way outdated and nobody replies there anymore. They do still have monthly star parties, but the next one in not for three more weeks.
Any help is appreciated.