Sky Object(s) of the Month

Sky Object of the Month – May 2018

Sky Object of the Month – May 2018 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) NGC4236 – Barre d Spiral Galaxy in Draco (Mag. 9.7; Size 22’ X 7’) A galaxy with a magnitude of 9.7 should be an easy telescopic target, right? Wrong! Not if the light of said galaxy is spread across an area 21 by […]

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Sky Object of the Month – April 2018

Sky Object of the Month – April 2018 (Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*) Messier 81 and 82 – Galaxy Pair in Ursa Major Messier 81 (“Bode’s Galaxy; Magnitude 6.9; Size 27’ X 14’) Messier 82 (“Cigar Galaxy”; Magnitude 8.4; Size 11’ X 4’) When preparing a list of sky objects to show with my telescope at […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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