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: 2018-07-21 00:24:13 (local), MST=15h20m.

ObjectAlt / Az †RA / DecTypeLinksMagDist (ly)Notes
M13 73° / 097°16:41.7 / +36:28GCSEDS, Img5.825,100good, granularity visible
M51 (Whirlpool galaxy)69° / 298°13:29.9 / +47:12SpiralSEDS, Img8.437.0 Mfaint, two galaxies may be visible
M92 68° / 073°17:17.1 / +43:08GCSEDS, Img6.426,700
M63 66° / 284°13:15.8 / +42:02SpiralSEDS, Img8.637.0 Mabout 5' from a star, can see it's flattened
M3 66° / 246°13:42.2 / +28:23GCSEDS, Img6.233,900
Mizar 65° / 316°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 61° / 283°12:50.9 / +41:07SpiralSEDS, Img8.214.5 Mgood, compact and easy to see, but not much structure
M106 57° / 297°12:19.0 / +47:18 SpiralSEDS, Img8.425.0 M
M40 56° / 317°12:22.4 / +58:05DoubleSEDS, Img8.4510
M53 54° / 240°13:12.9 / +18:10GCSEDS, Img7.658,000
M64 (Blackeye galaxy)54° / 249°12:56.7 / +21:41SpiralSEDS, Img8.519.0 Mflattened, fairly faint
M5 51° / 180°15:18.6 / +02:05GCSEDS, Img5.624,500good, granularity visible
epsilonLyrae 51° / 073°18:44.3 / 39:40Double telescope code: star 334
M97 (Owl nebula)47° / 311°11:14.8 / +55:01NebulaSEDS, Img9.92,600
M57 (Ring nebula)47° / 082°18:53.6 / +33:02NebulaSEDS, Img8.82,300
M87 43° / 245°12:30.8 / +12:24Ell.SEDS, Img8.660.0 Mthe picture shows the jet
M86 43° / 246°12:26.2 / +12:57Lent.SEDS, Img8.960.0 Msee M84
M84 42° / 247°12:25.1 / +12:53Lent.SEDS, Img9.160.0 MM84 and M86 visible in same field with fiddling
M82 40° / 333°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° / 332°09:55.6 / +69:04SpiralSEDS, Img6.912.0 Mit's fun to watch as the telescope moves between M81 and M82
M49 40° / 241°12:29.8 / +08:00Ell.SEDS, Img8.460.0 ME5 (with imagination), not very good
Moon (phase: 0.290)38° / 190°14:46.4 / -10:32satellite -2.5/-12.9384telescope code: star 903
Albireo 37° / 083°19:30.7 / +27:58DoubleSEDS, Img3.0(r)/5.1(b)380telescope code: star 223, separation: 34
Jupiter 34° / 190°14:45.5 / -14:55planet -1.6/-2.95.2 AUtelescope code: star 905
M27 (Dumbbell nebula)29° / 084°19:59.6 / +22:43NebulaSEDS, Img7.41,250
M104 (Sombrero galaxy)26° / 224°12:40.0 / -11:37GalaxySEDS, Img850.0 M
Venus 22° / 260°10:55.1 / 07:50planet -4.6/-3.80.7 AUtelescope code: star 902
M11 22° / 120°18:51.1 / -06:17OC
M16 21° / 132°18:18.6 / -13:47OC
M4 21° / 164°16:23.6 / -26:32GCSEDS, Img5.67,200
M20 16° / 141°18:02.3 / -23.02Nebula
M8 14° / 141°18:03.8 / -24:23Nebula/OC
Saturn 14° / 138°18:18.2 / -22:33planet 1.5/-0.59.5 AUtelescope code: star 906
M22 11° / 135°18:36.4 / -23.54GC
Mercury 10° / 276°09:35.8 / 11:50planet 5.7/-2.40.4 AUtelescope code: star 901
NGC 869 (Double Cluster) 8° / 008°02:19.0 / +57:08OCSEDS, Img5.37,000h and Chi Persei, NGC 869 and NGC 884
M15 6° / 079°21:30.0 / +12:10GCSEDS, Img6.233,600
M44 (Beehive cluster) 5° / 291°08:40.1 / +19:59 OCSEDS, Img3.7577
M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) 0° / 028°00:42.7 / +41:16GalaxySEDS, Img3.42.9 M
(Eskimo nebula)-5° / 303°07:29.2 / +20:55 NebulaSEDS, Img10
Mars -8° / 115°20:39.4 / -24:52planet 1.8/-2.91.5 AUtelescope code: star 904
M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)-14° / 023°01:33.9 / +30:39GalaxySEDS, Img5.73.0 M
M1 (Crab nebula)-20° / 326°05:34.5 / +22:01NebulaSEDS, Img8.46,300
Neptune -24° / 076°23:10.8 / -6:20planet 8.0/7.830 AUtelescope code: star 908
M45 (Pleiades)-25° / 353°03:47.0 / +24:07OCSEDS, Img1.6440
(Hyades)-31° / 341°04:27.0 / +16:00OCSEDS, Img0.5150near Aldebaran and NGC 1647. Nearest open cluster.
Uranus -34° / 023°02:01.7 / 11:48planet 5.9/5.319 AUtelescope code: star 907
M42 (Orion nebula)-43° / 310°05:35.4 / -05:27 NebulaSEDS, Img41,600