Observing List

† Alt/Az Note: Values shown in green are observable (above 20° altitude), values in yellow are above the horizon but below 20°, and values shown in red are below the horizon. When planning observations during the day, be sure to select an appropriate observing time!

For planets (highlighted in magenta), distances are heliocentric in Astronomical Units (AU, 1 AU = 150 million km), and magnitudes are given as a range. These values are not recomputed for the current date.

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Alt/Az values correspond to: 2017-05-22 21:02:51 (local), MST=12h07m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M106 82° / 015°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
M94 81° / 081°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
M63 77° / 077°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy)73° / 058°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M97 (Owl nebula)72° / 333°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
M40 72° / 006°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
Mizar 70° / 034°13:23.9 / +54:56DoubleSEDS, Img2.278telescope code: star 137, first known double star: 14 arcsec separation, 500 AU (12') from Alcor (4th mag)
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)68° / 147°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M3 67° / 114°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M53 63° / 142°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M86 62° / 170°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M84 62° / 170°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M87 61° / 168°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M49 57° / 169°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
M81 (Bode's galaxy)56° / 339°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M82 56° / 340°09:55.8 / +69:41Irr.SEDS, Img8.412.0 Minteresting morphology, looks about 3-4 times longer than it is thick
Jupiter 44° / 164°12:52.6 / -4:02planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M44 (Beehive cluster)41° / 261°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
M13 37° / 070°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)37° / 169°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
M92 34° / 059°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M5 32° / 118°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
(Eskimo nebula)28° / 273°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img100
epsilonLyrae 18° / 053°18:44.3 / 39:40Double 0telescope code: star 334
M57 (Ring nebula)13° / 057°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)11° / 342°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
M1 (Crab nebula) 8° / 292°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
Mars 7° / 295°05:23.0 / 23:58planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
Albireo 3° / 055°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
M4 0° / 126°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)-4° / 054°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
(Hyades)-7° / 298°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
M45 (Pleiades)-7° / 311°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)-7° / 353°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
Saturn -9° / 110°17:43.4 / -22:00planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M42 (Orion nebula)-9° / 271°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600
M16 -10° / 098°18:18.6 / -13:47OC 0
M11 -12° / 087°18:51.1 / -06:17OC 0
M20 -13° / 108°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula 0
M8 -14° / 109°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC 0
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)-16° / 340°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
M22 -20° / 104°18:36.4 / -23.54GC 0
M15 -26° / 043°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
Mercury -29° / 320°02:23.6 / 10:51planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
Uranus -35° / 331°01:39.4 / 09:43planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
Moon (phase: 0.892)-40° / 332°01:31.1 / 05:07satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
Venus -42° / 340°01:04.2 / 05:12planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
Neptune -53° / 028°23:02.8 / -7:04planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908