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: 2021-10-18 04:25:15 (local), MST=01h14m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)83° / 280°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)79° / 156°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)70° / 026°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
Uranus 58° / 135°02:44.7 / 15:29planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
M45 (Pleiades)54° / 105°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
(Hyades)41° / 105°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
Moon (phase: 0.423)40° / 206°23:56.5 / -5:30satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
Neptune 38° / 214°23:28.5 / -4:40planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908
M15 33° / 256°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
M1 (Crab nebula)32° / 087°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
M82 25° / 017°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)25° / 017°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)22° / 281°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
Albireo 20° / 289°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
epsilonLyrae 19° / 305°18:44.3 / 39:40Double telescope code: star 334
M57 (Ring nebula)17° / 299°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
Jupiter 15° / 233°21:40.3 / -15:09planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M42 (Orion nebula)14° / 110°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600
(Eskimo nebula)10° / 071°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img10
M92 9° / 319°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M40 9° / 006°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M97 (Owl nebula) 8° / 016°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
Mizar 5° / 358°13:23.9 / +54:56DoubleSEDS, Img2.278telescope code: star 137, first known double star: 14 arcsec separation, 500 AU (12') from Alcor (4th mag)
Saturn 2° / 241°20:38.1 / -19:20planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M13 0° / 320°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M106 -1° / 009°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
M44 (Beehive cluster)-2° / 061°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy)-2° / 357°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M63 -7° / 359°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
M94 -8° / 004°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
M11 -8° / 268°18:51.1 / -06:17OC
M16 -19° / 268°18:18.6 / -13:47OC
M3 -20° / 353°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M22 -21° / 257°18:36.4 / -23.54GC
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)-27° / 004°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M20 -28° / 262°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula
M8 -28° / 261°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC
M53 -31° / 000°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M86 -35° / 014°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M84 -35° / 014°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M87 -36° / 013°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M5 -38° / 318°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
M49 -40° / 014°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
Venus -45° / 273°16:38.1 / -25:20planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
M4 -48° / 274°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200
Mercury -51° / 014°12:38.6 / -3:15planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
Mars -57° / 356°13:21.1 / -7:55planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)-60° / 017°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M