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: 2020-05-30 18:40:22 (local), MST=06h16m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
Mercury 75° / 184°06:11.7 / 25:28planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
M1 (Crab nebula)69° / 209°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
Venus 66° / 231°04:58.8 / 24:06planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
(Eskimo nebula)65° / 136°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img10
(Hyades)55° / 232°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
M45 (Pleiades)54° / 254°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
M44 (Beehive cluster)53° / 112°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
M81 (Bode's galaxy)49° / 026°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M82 49° / 025°09:55.8 / +69:41Irr.SEDS, Img8.412.0 Minteresting morphology, looks about 3-4 times longer than it is thick
NGC 869 (Double Cluster)48° / 314°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
M42 (Orion nebula)43° / 194°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600
M97 (Owl nebula)40° / 046°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
Uranus 33° / 259°02:25.1 / 13:54planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)33° / 284°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
M40 32° / 038°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)29° / 300°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
M106 28° / 050°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
Mizar 23° / 036°13:23.9 / +54:56DoubleSEDS, Img2.278telescope code: star 137, first known double star: 14 arcsec separation, 500 AU (12') from Alcor (4th mag)
M94 19° / 052°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy)18° / 042°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M63 16° / 048°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
Moon (phase: 0.274)16° / 091°11:24.4 / 09:26satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
M84 6° / 078°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M64 (Blackeye galaxy) 6° / 067°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M86 6° / 078°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M87 5° / 078°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M3 3° / 055°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
M49 2° / 081°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
M53 1° / 067°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M92 -5° / 010°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
epsilonLyrae -9° / 354°18:44.3 / 39:40Double telescope code: star 334
M13 -10° / 019°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)-11° / 095°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
Neptune -12° / 274°23:27.9 / -4:36planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908
M57 (Ring nebula)-16° / 351°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
Albireo -19° / 342°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
M15 -21° / 308°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
Mars -21° / 276°22:56.8 / -9:16planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)-22° / 334°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
M5 -31° / 055°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
M11 -55° / 344°18:51.1 / -06:17OC
Saturn -57° / 300°20:15.7 / -19:56planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
Jupiter -61° / 305°19:55.6 / -20:59planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M4 -62° / 068°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200
M16 -63° / 358°18:18.6 / -13:47OC
M20 -72° / 010°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula
M22 -72° / 344°18:36.4 / -23.54GC
M8 -73° / 010°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC