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Sky Object of the Month – February 2018

Sky Object of the Month – February 2018 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 41 – Open Cluster in Canis Major (Mag. 4.5; Size 40’)               The open star cluster Messier 41 might not seem like much of an observer’s challenge. It’s bright enough (magnitude 4.5) to be seen with the unaided eye and is […]

Sky Object of the Month – January 2018

Sky Object of the Month – January 2018 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 1624 – Cluster/Nebula in Perseus (Mag. 10.4; Size 3.0’)               If you like two-for-one bargains, you’ll appreciate this month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge. On December 28, 1790, William Herschel’s all-sky survey brought him to“6 or 7 small stars, with faint nebulosity between […]

Sky Object of the Month – December 2017

Sky Object of the Month – December 2017 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 925 – Barred Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum (Mag. 10.0; Size 9.8’ X 6.0’)   Our December LVAS Observer’s Challenge is the barred spiral galaxy NGC 925, located 2 degrees east of the 4th magnitude star gamma (γ) Trianguli. It was discovered by […]

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 […]

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