April Targets

Here is my list of targets for the month. The meridian times listed are in PDT for me at 120.5 degrees West in California, so your times may vary.

Meridian Target Type Mag Constellation Distance
04:19:31 PM M1 – Crab Nebula Diffuse Nebula 8.4 Taurus 6.5K ly
05:46:09 PM Jupiter Planet -2.1 Gemini
06:46:41 PM C/2014 E2 Jacques Comet 12.9 Puppis
07:25:00 PM M44 – Beehive Open Cluster 3.7 Cancer 590 ly
07:36:00 PM M67 Open Cluster 6.1 Cancer 2.6K ly
08:40:33 PM M81 – Bode’s Galaxy Galaxy 6.9 Ursa Major 11.7M ly
08:40:52 PM M82 – Cigar Galaxy Galaxy 8.4 Ursa Major 11.5M ly
08:52:02 PM NGC 3132 – Eight-Burst Nebula Planetary Nebula 10.0 Vela 2.6K ly
09:09:46 PM NGC 3242 – Ghost of Jupiter Planetary Nebula 11.0 Hydra 2K ly
11:04:00 PM M106 Galaxy 9.1 Canes Venatici 23.7M ly
11:14:47 PM M49 Galaxy 9.4 Virgo 55.9M ly
11:15:49 PM M87 Galaxy 9.6 Virgo 53.5M ly
11:21:20 PM NGC 4565 – Needle Galaxy Galaxy 10.4 Coma Berenices 40M ly
11:24:59 PM M104 – Sombrero Galaxy Galaxy 9.0 Virgo 29.3M ly
11:34:10 PM Mars Planet -1.4 Virgo
11:35:53 PM M94 Galaxy 9.0 Canes Venatici 15M ly
11:41:43 PM M64 – Black-eye Galaxy Galaxy 9.4 Coma Berenices 24M ly
11:57:55 PM M53 Globular Cluster 8.3 Coma Berenices 58K ly
12:00:49 AM M63 – Sunflower Galaxy Galaxy 9.3 Canes Venatici 37M ly
12:10:27 AM NGC 5128 – Centaur’s Shield Galaxy 6.8 Centaurus 13M ly
12:14:52 AM M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy Galaxy 8.4 Canes Venatici 25M ly
12:22:00 AM M83 Galaxy 7.5 Hydra 14.7M ly
12:27:12 AM M3 Globular Cluster 6.2 Canes Venatici 33.9K ly
12:48:12 AM M101 – Pinwheel Galaxy Galaxy 9.1 Ursa Major 21M ly
02:01:35 AM Saturn Planet 0.8 Libra
02:03:33 AM M5 Globular Cluster 6.7 Serpens 25K ly
03:08:35 AM M4 Globular Cluster 5.9 Scorpius 7.2K ly
03:26:41 AM M13 – Great Cluster in Hercules Globular Cluster 5.8 Hercules 22.2K ly
03:32:14 AM M12 Globular Cluster 7.7 Ophiuchus 15.7K ly
03:42:08 AM M10 Globular Cluster 6.4 Ophiuchus 14.3K ly
04:02:07 AM M92 Globular Cluster 6.3 Hercules 26.7K ly

November Targets

Here’s my list of objects to find during the month of November. I am around 35 degrees north, so you might have to adjust the times depending upon your location. The new moon is at 22:08:20, 13 Nov 2012 UTC, so anytime around the 13th is a good day to view. Leave a comment if you have an additional target to try and spot!

Time Target Designation Type Magnitude Constellation
07:00:00 PM M92 Globular Cluster 6.5 Hercules
07:00:00 PM Helix Nebula NGC7293 Planetary Nebula 7.6 Aquarius
07:00:00 PM Wild Duck Cluster M11 Open Cluster 5.8 Scutum
07:00:00 PM Eagle Nebula M16 Diffuse Nebula 6.0 Serpens
07:00:00 PM Great Cluster M13 Globular Cluster 5.9 Hercules
07:00:00 PM M30 Globular Cluster 7.5 Capicorn
07:00:00 PM M75 Globular Cluster 8.6 Sagittarius
07:00:00 PM NGC6712 Globular Cluster 8.2 Scutum
07:30:00 PM Epsilon Lyrae HIP 91919 Double Star 5.0 Lyra
07:30:00 PM Saturn Nebula NGC7009 Planetary Nebula 8.0 Aquarius
07:30:00 PM Dumbbell Nebula M27 Planetary Nebula 8.1 Vulpecula
07:30:00 PM M72 Globular Cluster 9.4 Aquarius
07:30:00 PM M73 Open Cluster 9.0 Aquarius
08:00:00 PM M2 Globular Cluster 6.5 Aquarius
08:00:00 PM M39 Open Cluster 4.6 Cygnus
08:00:00 PM M15 Globular Cluster 6.4 Pegasus
08:00:00 PM Ring Nebula M57 Planetary Nebula 9.0 Lyra
08:00:00 PM Comet Hergenrother 168P Comet 9.0 Andromeda
08:00:00 PM Cat’s Eye Nebula NGC6543 Planetary Nebula 9.0 Draco
08:00:00 PM Uranus Planet 6.1 Pisces
08:00:00 PM Neptune Planet 7.7 Aquarius
08:00:00 PM NGC891 Galaxy 10.0 Andromeda
08:00:00 PM M56 Globular Cluster 8.3 Lyra
08:00:00 PM Cocoon Nebula IC 5146 Diffuse Nebula 7.4 Cygnus
08:30:00 PM Triangulum Galaxy M33 Galaxy 5.7 Triangulum
09:00:00 PM Andromeda M31 Galaxy 3.5 Andromeda
09:00:00 PM M74 Galaxy 9.2 Pisces
09:30:00 PM PacMan Nebula NGC246 Planetary Nebula 8.0 Cetus
10:00:00 PM M36 Open Cluster 6.0 Auriga
10:00:00 PM M37 Open Cluster 5.6 Auriga
10:00:00 PM M38 Open Cluster 6.4 Auriga
10:00:00 PM Crab Nebula M1 Diffuse Nebula 8.4 Taurus
10:00:00 PM Hyades Open Cluster Taurus
10:00:00 PM Pleides M45 Open Cluster Taurus
10:00:00 PM Sculptor NGC253 Galaxy 7.1 Sculptor
11:00:00 PM Cigar Galaxy M82 Galaxy 8.4 Ursa Major
11:00:00 PM Bode’s Galaxy M81 Galaxy 6.9 Ursa Major
11:00:00 PM Orion Nebula M42 Diffuse Nebula 4.0 Orion
11:00:00 PM Ceres Dwarf Planet 7.2 Gemini
11:00:00 PM Cone Nebula NGC2264 Diffuse Nebula 3.9 Monoceros