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Sky Object of the Month – November 2017

Sky Object of the Month – November 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 772 – Spiral Galaxy in Aries (Mag. 10.3; Size 7.2’ X 4.3’)               The only times I’ve ever made a telescopic foray into Aries have been to admire its beautiful double star Mesarthim (gamma [g] Arietis). This striking pair of white […]

Sky Object of the Month – October 2017

Sky Object of the Month – October 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 15 (NGC 7078) – Globular Cluster in Pegasus (Mag. 6.2; Diam. 18’) Pease 1 – Planetary Nebula in M15 (Mag. 14.9[p]; Diam. 1”)             As difficult as last month’s LVAS Challenge (NGC 6905) was to locate, this month’s target, the globular cluster […]

Sky Object of the Month – September 2017

Sky Object of the Month – September 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 6905 – Planetary Nebula in Delphinus (Mag. 11.1; Size 42” X 35”)                  This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge takes us to the northwest corner of Delphinus and the 11th magnitude planetary NGC 6905, also known as the Blue Flash Nebula. The challenge […]

Sky Object of the Month – August 2017

Sky Object of the Month – August 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M24 – Star Cloud in Sagittarius (Mag. 4.6 (2.5, according to Stephen O’Meara); Size 1 X 2 degrees) NGC 6603 – Open Cluster in the Sagittarius Star Cloud (Mag. 11.1; Diam.               M24 is one of the more easily-seen Messier objects – at […]

Sky Object of the Month – July 2017

  Sky Object of the Month – July 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M14 (NGC 6402) – Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus (Mag. 7.6; Size 11’)              Ophiuchus is home to seven Messier globulars. One of them, M14, is this month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge. It was discovered by Charles Messier on […]

Sky Object of the Month – June 2017

Sky Object of the Month – June 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 6015 – Draco (Mag. 11.1; Size 5.4’ X 2.3’)             This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge, the spiral galaxy NGC 6015 in Draco, was discovered by William Herschel on the evening of June 2, 1788.  Herschel catalogued each […]

Sky Object of the Month – May 2017

  Sky Object of the Month – May 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M98 (NGC 4192 – Galaxy in Coma Berenices (Mag. 10.1; Size 9.8’ X 2.8’)             Spring is galaxy season, with the Virgo Galaxy Cluster well-placed in the evening sky after sunset. The cluster is home to over a dozen Messier objects, including […]

Sky Object of the Month – April 2017

Sky Object of the Month – April 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 3395-96 – Interacting Galaxies in Leo Minor (Mags. 12.1/12.2; Sizes 1.9’ X 1.2’/ 2.8’ X 1.2’) This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge is a true challenge. NGC 3395 and NGC 3596 are interacting galaxies (catalogued as Arp 270 in Halton Arp’s Atlas of […]

Sky Object of the Month – March 2017

Sky Object of the Month – March 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M67 (NGC 2682) – Open Cluster in Cancer (Mag. 6.9; Size 25’)  Cancer is home to a pair of Messier open clusters. The first, M44, is the large naked eye group that became one of Galileo’s first telescopic targets. The second, M67, is […]

Sky Object of the Month – February 2017

Sky Object of the Month – February 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) h3945 – Double Star in Canis Major (Mags. 5.0 + 5.8; Sep. 26.4”; P.A. 52o (2008) What is the most colorful double star in the night sky? Most amateur astronomers would vote for Albireo (beta [b] Cygni. Others might cite gamma (g) Andromedae, iota […]

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