Sunday, 26 April 2015

Prep for Astrocamp is underway!

Good afternoon!
It's been a busy week or so since my last session, and at the moment, it's quite tricky to determine where the next one is going to come from.  But, that doesn't stop me preparing for the next one.  I've had a look at the records of my sessions for the last couple of years and done a bit of research into what is visible from the UK in the night sky during April/May.  There sure is masses to go after.  Indeed a whole universe awaits!  With an eye on Astrocamp during the second weekend of May, I have decided to compile a target list for the weekend.  Ultimately, the great British weather is going to have the last say, but should there be opportunity of observing, it will be nice to have something to go with.  All these targets are ones that I have not had the chance to observe as yet, and will be all new for me.  They cover a variety of object types from clusters to nebula to galaxies.  I suppose the important thing is though. not to get too obsessed with the list.  I dare say during the weekend, many familiar targets will be visited too.  So, without further delay, here's my list.  Let me know what you think!

Constellation Magnitude Catalogue No Name Object Best Time
Bootes 9 NGC5466   Globular Cluster  
Camelopardalis 6.9 NGC1502 Next to Kembles Cascade Open Cluster All night
Camelopardalis 8.9 C7/NGC2403   Spiral Galaxy All night
Canes Venatici 6.2 M3   Glob Cluster All night
Canes Venatici 8.9 M94   Spiral Galaxy All night
Canes Venatici 9.1 M106   Spiral Galaxy All night
Canes Venatici 9.8 NGC4631 Whale Galaxy Edge On Spiral Galaxy All night
Cassiopeia 7.1 C10/NGC663   Open Cluster 23:00 onwards
Cassiopeia 8 NGC281 The Pacman Nebula Emission Nebula 23:00 onwards
Cassiopeia 6.5 NGC654   Open Cluster 23:00 onwards
Cassiopeia 7.9 NGC659   Open Cluster 23:00 onwards
Cassiopeia 8.5 NGC7790   Open Cluster 23:00 onwards
Cassiopeia 18.3 IC1805 Heart Nebula Emission Nebula 23:00 onwards
Cassiopeia 6.5 IC1848 Soul Nebula Emission Nebula 23:00 onwards
Cephus 3.5 IC1396 Elephants Trunk Nebula Emission Nebula All night
Cephus 8.1 C1/NGC188   Open Cluster All night
Cephus 6.8 C4/NGC7023 Iris Nebula Reflection Nebula All night
Cephus 6.1 NGC7160   Open Cluster All night
Coma Berenices 10 M85   Lenticular/Eliptical Galaxy 22:30
Coma Berenices 11 M98   Spiral Galaxy 22:30
Coma Berenices 1.8 Melotte 111 The Coma Star Cluster Open Cluster 22:30
Coma Berenices 9.7 NGC5053   Globular Cluster  
Coma Berenices 9.2 NGC4725   Galaxy  
Cygnus 5.5 M39   Open Cluster 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 7.4 NGC6910 Rocking Horse Cluster Open Cluster 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 8.8 NGC6826 Blinking Planerary Nebula Planetary Nebula 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 5.2 NGC6871   Open Cluster 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 8 NGC6883   Open Cluster 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 7.4 NGC6888 Crescent Nebula Emission Nebula 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 12 NGC7008 Fetus Nebula Nebula 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 8 IC5070 Pelican Nebula Emission Nebula 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 9.6 C12/NGC6946 Fireworks Galaxy Spiral Galaxy 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 7.2 C19/IC5146 Cocoon Nebula Refection Nebula 23:30 Onwards
Cygnus 4 C20/IC7000 North American Nebula Emission Nebula 23:30 Onwards
Delphinus 10.6 C42/NGC7006   Glob Cluster 01:00 Onwards
Delphinus 8.8 C47/NGC6934   Glob Cluster 01:00 Onwards
Draco   M102   Galaxy 01:50
Draco 9.8 NGC6543 Cats Eye Nebula Planetary Nebula 01:50
Lacerta 6.4 C16/NGC7243   Open Cluster 00:30 Onwards
Lynx 9 C25/NGC2419   Glob Cluster Before 01:30
Ophiuchus 8.4 M9   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 6.4 M10   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 7.7 M12   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 8.3 M14   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 7.5 M19   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 7.4 M62   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 8.9 M107   Glob Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Ophiuchus 4.2 IC4665   Open Cluster 01:20 Onwards
Serpens 6.7 M5   Glob Cluster 02:30
Ursa Major 9.9 M97 The Owl Nebula Nebula All night
Virgo 10.1 M61   Barred Spiral Galaxy 22:30
Virgo   M84/M86/NGC4435/NGC4438 Markarians Chain Galaxy Cluster 22:30
Virgo 9 M104 Sombrero Galaxy Galaxy 22:30
Vulpecula 6   Coathanger Open Cluster Open Cluster All night
Vulpecula 5.7 to 8.1 C37/NGC6885   Open Cluster All night

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2 comments:

  1. Let me know how you get on with the emission nebulae. I've only seen them in photos. Will you use a filter? Good luck with the weather - Jim

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    1. Could be a challenge. Only have UHC and OIII filters at 1 1/4 sizes so will need to use them with the BST eyepieces. Hoping to tap a few people with experience for some help and advice whilst i'm there. Not used any filters with the SBT yet. Cheers Jim :-)

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