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: 2017-04-23 15:46:58 (local), MST=04h56m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M1 (Crab nebula)69° / 153°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
M45 (Pleiades)68° / 227°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
Mars 66° / 217°03:57.6 / 21:04planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
(Hyades)64° / 196°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)59° / 316°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
(Eskimo nebula)52° / 109°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img100
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)48° / 273°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
M42 (Orion nebula)43° / 166°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)43° / 292°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
M82 42° / 027°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)42° / 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)38° / 095°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
Mercury 38° / 249°01:42.5 / 11:20planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
Uranus 35° / 249°01:33.5 / 09:09planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
M97 (Owl nebula)29° / 041°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
M40 23° / 032°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M106 17° / 041°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
Mizar 15° / 028°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 11° / 262°23:49.4 / 01:41planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy) 8° / 032°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M94 8° / 042°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
Moon (phase: 0.899) 8° / 258°23:53.3 / -3:08satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
M63 6° / 037°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
Neptune -4° / 263°23:00.6 / -7:17planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908
epsilonLyrae -6° / 339°18:44.3 / 39:40Double 0telescope code: star 334
M92 -6° / 356°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)-6° / 054°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M3 -7° / 041°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M84 -7° / 065°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M15 -7° / 293°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
M86 -7° / 065°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M87 -9° / 065°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M53 -11° / 053°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M57 (Ring nebula)-11° / 335°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
M49 -12° / 068°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
Albireo -12° / 325°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
M13 -13° / 003°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)-13° / 317°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
Jupiter -26° / 072°13:02.4 / -4:57planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)-27° / 082°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
M5 -42° / 033°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
M11 -47° / 315°18:51.1 / -06:17OC 0
M16 -57° / 320°18:18.6 / -13:47OC 0
M22 -63° / 301°18:36.4 / -23.54GC 0
M20 -67° / 316°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula 0
Saturn -68° / 324°17:49.4 / -22:03planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M8 -68° / 313°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC 0
M4 -74° / 028°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200