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Sky Object of the Month – December 2016

Sky Object of the Month – December 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M74 – Spiral Galaxy in Pisces (Mag. 9.4; Size 10’) For backyard astronomers who tackle the annual Messier Marathon, M74 is a serious stumbling block. Even in December, when Pisces rides high in the south when evening darkness has set in, this face-on […]

Sky Object of the Month – November 2016

Sky Object of the Month – November 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 206 – Star Cloud in Andromeda Galaxy NGC 206 is an enormous star cloud located in the southwest part of the Andromeda Galaxy. In 1786, it was observed as a separate entity by William Herschel, who catalogued it as H V.36 (the […]

Sky Object of the Month – October 2016

Sky Object of the Month – October 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 7479 – Barred Spiral Galaxy in Pegasus (Mag 11.0, Size 4’ X 3’)             NGC 7479 (the 44th entry in Patrick Moore’s Caldwell Catalog) is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southwest corner of Pegasus. The accompanying finder chart shows its […]

Sky Object of the Month – September 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – September 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC 7009 “Saturn Nebula” –Planetary Nebula in Aquarius (Mag 8.0, Size 20”)   Discovered in 1782 by William Herschel, NGC 7009 (the “Saturn Nebula”) is located a little over one degree west of the 4.5 magnitude star nu (n) Aquarii and just […]

Sky Object of the Month – August 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – August 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Chaple’s Arc/Fairy Ring–Asterism in Cygnus (Magnitude 7, Size 22’)   This striking arc-shaped arrangement of four double stars was found by amateur astronomer Glenn Chaple during a search for the pair h1470 (one of the four) with a 3-inch reflecting telescope. He […]

Sky Object of the Month – July 2016

Sky Object of the Month – July 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) M92–Globular Cluster in Hercules (Magnitude 6.5, Size 14’)            This month’s LVAS Observer’s Challenge takes us to the “other” Messier globular in Hercules. Overlooked in favor of the brighter and easier to find M13, M92 is a noble object in its own right. […]

Star Party Report – Salisbury Reservation

On Tuesday night, June 14th we held a star party at the boat ramp area at Salisbury Reservation for Newburyport Charter’s 7th grade class. Earlier that day they had kayaked down the Merrimack and were camping over night at the park. About 30 students plus some teachers and chaperones were treated to views of the […]

Sky Object of the Month – June 2016

  Sky Object of the Month – June 2016 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 5 – Globular Cluster in Serpens Caput (Magnitude – 6.2, Dimension – 17’) “Beautiful nebula discovered between Libra and Serpens, close to the sixth-magnitude star Flamsteed 5 Serpentis.” Charles Messier (1764) “This superb object is a noble mass, refreshing to the […]

NSAAC Loaner Telescope – 10″ Dob

NSAAC has a Meade DS-10 10″ f4.5 Dob available to loan to club members. Originally an equatorial mount instrument intended for visual and astrophotography use, it is was converted long ago to a Dob. It came in to the club’s possession when club founding member (and local comedian) Bob Seibel passed away. It was worked […]

Mercury Transit, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, May 9, 2016 – Observing Report

Monday, May 9, 2016 started as most mornings have lately with mostly cloudy skies. Of course the weather folks all seemed to say what a glorious day it would be, with a few clouds, and lots of sunshine. Undeterred, I went out on multiple occasions with my Lunt 8X32 SUNoculars to take a look at […]

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