Miller Planispheres are the premiere star finder. Durable plastic disks and accurate cartography with instructions right on the back. Click on the small US latitude map to find the right Planisphere model for your location.
Having the right tools for observing is important. A planisphere is essential. Ours is made with heavy duty plastic (never accept cardboard - a few outings in the nighttime dew will ruin it). Just dial the date and time and you'll see what's in the sky for that moment. Rotate the time dial to simulate sky motion... like having a personal planetarium. Pick your favorite constellation, put it on the eastern horizon to determine the date and time to begin seeing it.