1. Deep Sky This Month – February 2017 (Northern)

    by , 02-01-2017 at 12:11 PM
    Deep in the heart of winter here in the north, with its cold (sometimes brutally so) temperatures and sometimes crystal clear skies, the stars seem to shimmer like diamonds casually tossed onto a jeweler’s mat of black velvet. While this is a wonderful season to plunder the myriad of open clusters along outer portions of the galactic plane, there are also numerous planetary nebulae that dot the sky on these cold winter evenings. Our friends to the south, with their summer season in full bloom, also ...
  2. Deep Sky This Month – February 2017 (Southern)

    by , 02-01-2017 at 11:59 AM
    Southern Celestial Hemisphere

    NGC 2438 (Puppis):

    Planetary nebula, mag=10.8, size=73.0”x68.0”, SBr=10.8 mags/arcmin2

    We now swing south of the celestial equator to Puppis. This constellation is one of three parts of what was once the most expansive constellation known in antiquity, Argo Navis. Listed by 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy in his Almagest, it represented the ship used by Jason and the Argonauts in pursuit of the Golden Fleece. Over time, ...

    Updated 02-01-2017 at 12:06 PM by KT4HX

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  3. Deep Sky This Month – January 2017

    by , 01-02-2017 at 01:56 AM
    First let me wish all a happy new year! The turn of a new year is always a time of reflection, giving us pause to look at where we’ve been, as well as the contemplation of where we may be going. Many see it as a time of renewal, for goal setting and “rebooting” ourselves, and our hobby is no exception. We can revel in what we observed and accomplished over the past year. Likewise we can be giddy with excitement and make plans for what we hope to observe and accomplish over the coming year. ...

    Updated 01-13-2017 at 01:50 PM by KT4HX

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  4. Deep Sky This Month – December 2016

    by , 12-02-2016 at 12:59 AM
    We are now in the thick of the holiday season, with Christmas looming for many. During this festive season, I hope everyone will make some time to do some observing, seeking out some of the special treats the sky holds for us in December. As always the included finder charts are made with Sky Tools 3 to aid in your pursuit of this month’s selections.

    I hope you can fit the below objects into your observing plans this month and possibly check off a new one or two. Even if you’ve observed ...
  5. Deep Sky This Month – November 2016

    by , 10-30-2016 at 08:33 PM
    Well here we are heading into a new month, with a myriad of new possibilities overhead. The air is cooling down for us here in the north and hopefully warming for our friends in the south. This month we will take a look at a seasonal staple from each celestial hemisphere and toss in a nice galaxy from each to round out our targets. As always the accompanying charts are courtesy of the Sky Tools 3 program. I hope you will add these to your observing plans. Good luck and happy viewing.
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