When you begin to explore the night sky you will run into a number of different types of objects. After getting your fill on the incredible images the Moon can show us even in a small inexpensive telescope and then move on to the equaling mesmerizing planets of Jupiter and Saturn, you find yourself drawn to other objects in the night sky. As your viewing here on earth moves beyond the Moon and the planets you encounter your first items beyond our solar system, the nebulae where stars are born, the open star clusters and globular clusters where stars hang out. All of these great things, even the smallest examples of them, dwarf by many factors of scale the discovery of things on this pale blue dot we call home.
But once we get past even these massive examples of the forms structures that make up the nearby universe, we encounter the BIG BOYS. The TITANS of the world of astronomy, THE GALAXIES.