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2169May CCD Targets

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  • Ron Wodaski
    May 1, 2001
      May targets galore; this is a great month!!!

      New stuff rising in the east:

      M57

      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
      more).

      Setting just after midnight, last chance:
      M95, M96, M105, M66, M65 (last two two-thirds of gorgeous Leo Triplet that
      includes NGC3628).

      South:
      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
      exposures.

      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):
      Neptune
      Uranus
      Ceres
      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!

      Ron Wodaski
      The New CCD Astronomy
      http://www.newastro.com
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