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: 2017-09-23 05:17:05 (local), MST=04h28m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M45 (Pleiades)71° / 211°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
M1 (Crab nebula)66° / 137°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
(Hyades)65° / 180°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)63° / 319°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)53° / 268°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)48° / 290°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
(Eskimo nebula)47° / 103°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img100
Uranus 42° / 241°01:43.2 / 10:02planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
M42 (Orion nebula)41° / 157°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600
M82 40° / 026°09:55.8 / +69:41Irr.SEDS, Img8.412.0 Minteresting morphology, looks about 3-4 times longer than it is thick
M81 (Bode's galaxy)40° / 027°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M44 (Beehive cluster)33° / 091°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
M97 (Owl nebula)26° / 038°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
M40 20° / 029°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M106 13° / 038°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
Mizar 13° / 025°13:23.9 / +54:56DoubleSEDS, Img2.278telescope code: star 137, first known double star: 14 arcsec separation, 500 AU (12') from Alcor (4th mag)
Venus 7° / 082°10:25.4 / 10:59planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy) 6° / 028°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M94 5° / 037°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
M63 3° / 033°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
Mars 0° / 079°10:53.2 / 08:22planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
Neptune 0° / 259°22:56.4 / -7:47planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908
M15 -2° / 288°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
epsilonLyrae -4° / 334°18:44.3 / 39:40Double 0telescope code: star 334
Mercury -5° / 076°11:18.6 / 06:25planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
M92 -5° / 351°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M57 (Ring nebula)-9° / 329°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
Albireo -9° / 320°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)-10° / 311°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)-10° / 048°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M3 -11° / 036°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M84 -12° / 060°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M86 -12° / 060°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M13 -13° / 357°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M87 -13° / 059°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M53 -15° / 048°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M49 -16° / 063°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)-32° / 076°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
Jupiter -41° / 062°13:39.4 / -9:11planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M11 -43° / 307°18:51.1 / -06:17OC 0
M5 -44° / 024°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
Moon (phase: 0.105)-49° / 048°14:29.7 / -9:30satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
M16 -54° / 309°18:18.6 / -13:47OC 0
M22 -58° / 292°18:36.4 / -23.54GC 0
M20 -63° / 304°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula 0
M8 -64° / 301°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC 0
Saturn -68° / 322°17:24.8 / -22:05planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M4 -76° / 004°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200