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  1. Deep Sky This Month - April 2017 (Northern)

    by , 03-31-2017 at 06:21 PM
    Here we are in April now, and I am sure at least some of you are fighting with clouds and rain. But for those fortunate enough to have clear skies galaxies abound. This month for our northern targets we shall visit the front leg of the great bear for one of my favorite non-Messier galaxies. Then scratch the shoulders of our celestial lion for a galactic duo (or is that a trio?). Four our southern friends we will visit the profusely rich constellation of Centaurus for three bright galaxies that ...
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  2. Deep Sky This Month - April 2017 (Southern)

    by , 03-31-2017 at 06:19 PM
    Southern Celestial Hemisphere:


    NGC 5128 (Centaurus):

    Lenticular/peculiar Galaxy, mag=6.8, size=25.7’x20.0’, SBr=13.3 mag/arcmin2

    The celestial centaur is a large and bright constellation that is rich in a variety of DSOs. One of its more famous possessions is the radio galaxy Centaurus-A. It is also known variously as Arp 153, the Hamburger Galaxy, Caldwell 77 and even Dunlop 482 (James Dunlop discovered this galaxy in 1826). I have had the ...
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  3. Deep Sky This Month – March 2017 (Northern)

    by , 03-04-2017 at 01:02 PM
    As we head into March the minds of more than a few observers tend to drift to thoughts of galaxies. With winter turning into spring in the north and summer into autumn in the south, a large and rich swath of prime galaxy real estate is readying to take center stage.

    Cutting a wide path from Centaurus through Hydra, Corvus, Crater and Sextans, it stretches into Leo with a significant concentration in Virgo that flows into Coma Berenices. On northward it enriches the fields of ...
  4. Deep Sky This Month – March 2017 (Southern)

    by , 03-04-2017 at 01:01 PM
    Southern Celestial Hemisphere:


    NGC 3115 (Sextans):

    Lenticular Galaxy, mag=8.6, size=7.2’x2.5’, SBr=11.5 mag/arcmin2

    Now let’s swing south of the celestial equator for a couple of fine objects. Our fist one is an amazingly bright sliver of light that I think surprises many when they happen upon it. Located in the southern part of this dimmer constellation, it lies almost exactly halfway between and slightly north of a line between mag 5.1 Gamma and ...
  5. 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 ...
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