Now here's what that fuzzy "star" looks like through a small telescope.
The glorious Orion Nebula, number 42 in the Messier catalog is a veritable nursery of newborn stars which are being formed by contraction of the interstellar gases you see illuminated by the hot new stars. I took this picture with my 8-inch telescope fitted with a reducer so the whole image would fit in the field of view.
You can even make out a bit of its shape through your binoculars. Give it a try.
It is a beautiful and amazing universe we live in.
-- Dalton Hammond