Hey there EAA'rs. I've been out of the game since February due to mount issues, but I just received a brand new replacement mount in time for the June observing challenges. Hopefully the new mount will work as advertised and all will be well. Supposed to have clear skies this weekend so I'm hopeful.....
M57 Ring Nebula. This Mag 8.8 planetary nebula is in the constellation Lyra.
This was my very first EAA target and I still stop by to check it out just about every time I'm set up in June
M92 Globular Cluster. This Mag 6.6 cluster in Hercules is often passed over in favor of its more famous brother M13
NGC6543 Cats Eye Nebula. This Mag 8.1 planetary nebula is in the constellation Draco. Gonna need some focal length to fully resolve this one. Can you see the faint central star in the middle?
NGC6946 Fireworks Galaxy. This Mag 8.8 galaxy is in the constellation Cygnus. Even though it is a mag 8.8 galaxy it is quite dim and may take some time to get your best view.
NGC4568 Siamese Twins. This pair of colliding galaxies lies in the constellation Virgo and is part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. Mag 10.73. This is just a cool object and I really enjoy viewing it.
M97 Owl Nebula. Mag 9.8 planetary nebula in Ursa Major. This has been a real challenge for me due to my extremely light polluted skies. Those of you with darker skies this may not be a challenge at all. If you have a LP filter or one of those fancy new OSC narrow band filters try to give us a comparison of a filtered observation and non-filtered observation.
Barnard 72 The Snake. Dark Nebula in Ophiuchus. I'm gonna say that this will be a real challenge for most of us due to it's altitude and its proximity to the moon for much of the month. Dark skies are probably mandatory but give it a try and see what you can see.
Solar System Challenge: The planets will be coming into view this month and who doesn't like viewing the king of the planets?
Let's try to get an observation of the Red Spot on Jupiter. There are plenty of resources on the web to let you know when it will be visible.
Southern Challenge: The challenge will be to show us northerners something cool that does not make it into northern skies. Pick whatever is in a good position for you and show us what we are missing.
Edited by neaptide, 31 May 2019 - 12:23 PM.