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: 2017-07-23 14:46:44 (local), MST=09h54m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M97 (Owl nebula)70° / 035°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
M44 (Beehive cluster)64° / 223°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
M106 63° / 062°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
Mercury 61° / 178°09:58.2 / 12:16planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
Mars 61° / 233°08:18.5 / 20:45planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
M81 (Bode's galaxy)61° / 000°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M40 60° / 040°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M82 60° / 000°09:55.8 / +69:41Irr.SEDS, Img8.412.0 Minteresting morphology, looks about 3-4 times longer than it is thick
Moon (phase: 0.015)60° / 223°08:32.8 / 17:07satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
M94 57° / 074°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
(Eskimo nebula)53° / 248°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img100
Mizar 52° / 048°13:23.9 / +54:56DoubleSEDS, Img2.278telescope code: star 137, first known double star: 14 arcsec separation, 500 AU (12') from Alcor (4th mag)
M63 52° / 070°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy)51° / 061°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)47° / 102°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M84 47° / 119°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M86 47° / 118°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M87 45° / 118°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M49 42° / 122°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
M3 42° / 086°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M53 42° / 102°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M1 (Crab nebula)32° / 272°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
Venus 29° / 273°05:21.4 / 21:10planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
Jupiter 27° / 125°13:00.7 / -5:09planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)25° / 134°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)22° / 327°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
(Hyades)16° / 277°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
M13 15° / 054°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M42 (Orion nebula)15° / 248°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600
M92 14° / 044°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M45 (Pleiades)13° / 289°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
M5 8° / 094°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
epsilonLyrae 1° / 034°18:44.3 / 39:40Double 0telescope code: star 334
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) 0° / 329°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)-2° / 315°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
M57 (Ring nebula)-5° / 036°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
Albireo -13° / 032°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
Uranus -16° / 299°01:46.7 / 10:23planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)-21° / 028°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
M4 -22° / 106°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200
Saturn -30° / 093°17:25.5 / -21:55planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M16 -36° / 076°18:18.6 / -13:47OC 0
M11 -36° / 062°18:51.1 / -06:17OC 0
M15 -37° / 007°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
M20 -38° / 088°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula 0
M8 -39° / 089°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC 0
M22 -45° / 083°18:36.4 / -23.54GC 0
Neptune -53° / 331°23:02.1 / -7:10planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908