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  1. Deep Sky This Month - August 2017 (Southern)

    by , 07-30-2017 at 07:25 PM
    At this point we will shift your focus south of the celestial equator to seek some southern treats in the Deep Sky This Month.


    Southern Celestial Hemisphere:


    NGC 6541 (Corona Australis)

    Globular Cluster, mag=6.3, size=13.0’, class=3

    Tucked away beneath the teapot asterism of Sagittarius and wedged against the tail of Scorpius one can find the often overlooked southern crown. It is not a large constellation nor is it particularly ...

    Updated 07-30-2017 at 07:34 PM by KT4HX

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  2. Deep Sky This Month - August 2017 (Northern)

    by , 07-30-2017 at 07:18 PM
    This year is moving along fast, and here we are at the precipice of entering its eight month. For many of us in the mid-northern latitudes we are deep within the dog days of summer, which traditionally begin with the helical rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Traditionally this was associated with various negative attributes, particularly the heat, drought, general lethargy and mad dogs. Nowadays, we consider it simply as the most uncomfortable period in summer, with excessive heat, humidity and ...

    Updated 07-30-2017 at 07:32 PM by KT4HX

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  3. Deep Sky This Month - July 2017 (Northern)

    by , 06-30-2017 at 08:37 AM
    Well here we are ready to begin a new month. For us northerners we are getting a little more entrenched into the summer heat and humidity and all that entails. Our southern friends are into their winter season, such as it is. Fortunately for most of them, because their land mass is less and with no direct land connection to the southern polar region, most aren't typically afflicted with significant snow or ice, if any at all. More importantly this also means it’s time for another edition of the ...

    Updated 06-30-2017 at 08:52 AM by KT4HX (Edit content)

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  4. Deep Sky This Month - July 2017 (Southern)

    by , 06-30-2017 at 08:35 AM
    We now turn to the sky below the celestial equator to dig for some southern treats that I hope you will enjoy.


    Southern Celestial Hemisphere:


    NGC 6087 (Norma)

    Open Cluster, mag=5.4, size=12.0’

    One of the many enduring legacies of Nicolas Louis de Lacaille is his formation of several southern constellations. He was also the first to suggest dividing the morbidly obese constellation Argo Navis, Jason’s mythical ship. However, ...
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  5. Deep Sky This Month - June 2017 (Northern)

    by , 06-01-2017 at 12:54 PM
    Welcome to a new month and a new edition of the DSTM. As I normally do, I have included some finder charts to aid your search, which are made with Sky Tools 3 with the kind permission of Greg at Skyhound.

    From the northern hemisphere we will take a look at an object that is often seen but seemingly given only a cursory glance at best a great deal of the time. Then we will visit a curious pair of galaxies that can inspire the imagination. Looking below the celestial equator we will pick ...
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