2169May CCD Targets
- May 1, 2001May targets galore; this is a great month!!!
New stuff rising in the east:
Foxhead cluster (gorgeous in color)
Crescent Nebula, Pelican Nebula, NA nebula, Cocoon Nebula - these are fairly
dim but if you can handle long exposures, you can get some incredible
results. Fabulous in color!
Veil Nebula - Huge, huge, huge. Also very faint. A real challenge.
M27 (Dumbbell Nebula) - A bright, easy target. A good first color challenge.
M13 is nice and high; this bright globular is easy.
Deep target: Seyfert's Sextet. Very tiny, needs a very long focal length.
Nearly overhead at midnight:
M101, M51, M63, M94, M3, M64, M106, M53
Still high enough to image: M81 and M82
West: Virgo, virgo, virgo!
M60, M59, M58, M89, M90, M91, M87, M88, M100, M85 M86, M84, M99, M98, M49,
M61 - plus many rich galaxy fields for wide-field deep shots (30 minutes or
Setting just after midnight, last chance:
M95, M96, M105, M66, M65 (last two two-thirds of gorgeous Leo Triplet that
M104, the Sombrero. Bright, easy target with a very sharp dark dust lane.
Antennae - the longer your exposure, the better, but there is some detail
even in wide field shots. A great target for long focal lengths and long
Globulars Galore! M80, M4, M5, M107, M9, M19, M62, M7, M68, M69, M22, M28,
M54, M55, M70, M75, M72, M2, M30
Open clusters: M6, M7, M73
Late rising (3am or later): Sagittarius goodies, from north to south:
M11 (Wild Duck)
M26 (open cluster)
M16 (Eagle Nebula)
M17 (Omega Nebula)
M18 (Open Cluster)
M24 (Little star cloud)
M23 (open cluster)
M25 (open cluster)
M21 (open cluster
M20 (Trifid Nebula)
M8 (Lagoon Nebula)
Very late targets (June targets):
Barnard's Galaxy (galaxy behind Milky Way)
RA: 19h 44m 54.0s Dec: -14?48'00"
An incredible number of targets to choose from this month. Have fun!
The New CCD Astronomy
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