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  1. Eye on the Sky - Winter 2018 - A Hunting Trip

    by , Yesterday at 04:31 PM
    Standing out in the winter sky is the constellation of Orion, the Hunter. He stands by the river Eridanus and is accompanied by his faithful dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. Together they hunt various celestial animals, including Lepus the rabbit and Taurus the bull. Orion’s Belt is one of the most recognizable patterns of stars in the northern sky.

    According to mythology, Orion was the son of Neptune and the Amazon Queen Euryale. He was of gigantic size and strength, and very
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  2. Deep Sky This Month - December 2017 (Northern)

    by , 12-02-2017 at 05:21 PM
    DSTM – December 2017

    The last month of the year typically brings to us northerners colder temperatures with some rock bottom wind chills. It can also bring crisp, dry winter air that can make for some fine transparency, though seeing may suffer as the heat of the short days dissipates from roof-tops. Not to mention homeowners running their chosen heating systems to ward off the night chill.

    So for your cool weather pleasure, we shall traipse into Perseus and Taurus. ...

    Updated 12-02-2017 at 05:26 PM by KT4HX

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  3. Deep Sky This Month - December 2017 (Southern)

    by , 12-02-2017 at 05:20 PM
    This month our southern friends are heading into summer, which may signal turbulent weather for some, but definitely plenty of warm temperatures. For folks on the down low side of the planet, we will pay a visit to the celestial clock, Horologium, plus Fornax the furnace. Our two objects here encompass my two favorite types of DSOs, globular clusters and galaxies. So with that, it is time to take a look at just a small sample of what can be found in the Deep Sky This Month.


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  4. Observing the Platais Clusters - Platais 3

    by , 11-25-2017 at 11:12 PM
    The fourth in this series will highlight Platais 3 in Camelopardalis. I think many beginners may be surprised when they find this constellation represents a giraffe rather than a camel. Regardless of your preference, it was devised around 1612 by Petrus Plancius, an astronomer, cartographer, uranographer and clergyman of Dutch-Flemish heritage. So let’s get right into the meat of this cluster, which is pretty slim pickings honestly


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  5. Observing the Platais Clusters - Platais 6

    by , 11-24-2017 at 10:59 PM
    Now I would like to present the third installment of this limited series focusing on the Platais clusters. As I’ve mentioned before, these are a set of young and large clusters that lie relatively near to us that were studied and identified by Imants Platais during the latter part of the 20th century. These objects are more the subject of research papers and professional study than they are of much interest to the amateur community. However, I feel they provide a unique opportunity for us to ...
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