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What’s Up - M 5 in Serpens

Jul 12 2014 09:50 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

Charles Messier discovered this cluster in 1763 while following a comet.  His telescope did not have the size to resolve any stars. 

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What's Up - M 104 in Virgo

Jun 14 2014 02:50 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

This bright galaxy is one of the more unique objects in the sky. The bright core of the galaxy has a prominent ring of dark material around it. This flat disk of material looks like a Mexican hat and therefore gives the galaxy its name—the Sombrero Galaxy.

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What's Up - M 41, Open Cluster in Canis Major

May 06 2014 05:17 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

M 41 has been a favorite of mine for many years. If you are making a table of the best open clusters in the sky and M 41 is not on that list I believe you have made some poor choices.

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What's Up - M 42 the great nebula in Orion

Mar 29 2014 03:02 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

So, you wouldn’t think I would start a set of articles about the best objects in the sky without including the Orion Nebula, would you?

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What’s Up - Double Cluster in Perseus

Jan 11 2014 05:10 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

There are several places in the sky that are unique and once you have spent some time at these locations you will never mistake them for anything else. Certainly one of these places is the Double Cluster in Perseus. Either of these clusters would be a Messier object all by itself, but to have them be just 30 arc minutes apart center to center is remarkable.

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What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor

Nov 30 2013 08:45 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

NGC 253 was discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel.  She was searching for comets.  When her nephew John took the “Large 20 foot” telescope to South Africa to complete the sweeps of the sky he wrote glowingly of this galaxy.

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What's Up: Stephan's Quintet

Oct 19 2013 05:06 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

I have always enjoyed viewing galaxy groups and Stephan’s Quintet in Pegasus is one of the most famous.

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What’s Up - NGC 7000 and NGC 6997 in Cygnus

Sep 14 2013 01:30 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

How many astronomy texts have had a shot of the North America Nebula included?  How many brand new imaging rigs have been pointed at this amazing object?  We may never know the answers to those questions, but we can say that this part of the sky have been observed, photographed and imaged for centuries.

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What’s Up - IC 4665 in Ophiuchus

Aug 10 2013 04:46 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

Just scanning along our galaxy can dredge up plenty of clusters and nebulae to keep you enthralled for hours. Just lean back in that comfy camp chair and watch it all go by.

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What’s Up M 6 and NGC 6416

Jul 13 2013 01:24 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

I am going to assume that if you are reading this then you have had at least some time out under truly dark skies. I do wish that for you. While there, if you noticed two bright spots in the Milky Way near the Stinger stars of Scorpius, then you have seen M 6.

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