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: 2019-07-17 02:41:49 (local), MST=17h21m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M92 87° / 342°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M13 81° / 246°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
epsilonLyrae 74° / 085°18:44.3 / 39:40Double telescope code: star 334
M57 (Ring nebula)70° / 104°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
Albireo 60° / 105°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)52° / 105°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
Mizar 48° / 311°13:23.9 / +54:56DoubleSEDS, Img2.278telescope code: star 137, first known double star: 14 arcsec separation, 500 AU (12') from Alcor (4th mag)
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy)48° / 299°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M63 44° / 293°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
M3 43° / 272°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M5 42° / 224°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
M40 40° / 317°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M94 40° / 294°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
M11 39° / 150°18:51.1 / -06:17OC
M106 37° / 304°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
M16 34° / 163°18:18.6 / -13:47OC
M53 32° / 266°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)31° / 272°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M97 (Owl nebula)31° / 317°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
M82 30° / 337°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)30° / 337°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M15 29° / 098°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
Jupiter 27° / 186°16:57.2 / -22:09planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M20 25° / 169°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula
M8 24° / 169°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC
M22 23° / 161°18:36.4 / -23.54GC
Saturn 22° / 152°19:12.2 / -22:05planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M4 21° / 193°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200
M87 21° / 268°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M86 20° / 269°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M84 20° / 269°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
Moon (phase: 0.507)18° / 142°19:55.4 / -21:38satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
M49 18° / 265°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)14° / 023°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)13° / 046°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
M104 (Sombrero galaxy) 6° / 248°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)-1° / 046°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
Neptune -3° / 094°23:19.5 / -5:28planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908
Mars -13° / 310°08:49.6 / 18:58planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
M44 (Beehive cluster)-14° / 312°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
Uranus -21° / 049°02:16.8 / 13:09planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
Venus -21° / 332°07:11.9 / 22:52planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
M45 (Pleiades)-21° / 023°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
(Eskimo nebula)-21° / 327°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img10
Mercury -21° / 315°08:10.4 / 15:21planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
M1 (Crab nebula)-27° / 356°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
(Hyades)-32° / 015°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
M42 (Orion nebula)-54° / 354°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600