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Offline koootzz

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September 2010 Sky Guide
« on: 00:53:33, 31 August, 2010 »


September Sky Guide


New moon on the 8th, Full moon on the 23rd

Planets

Mercury will be visible in the early morning with best viewing for this month, and also this year, being around the 18th. In  Leo.

Venus will be visible for a short time after sunset in Virgo. Look out for Venus and Mars flanking Spica on the 1st.

Mars will be visible for a short time after sunset in Virgo

Jupiter visible in Pisces throughout the month

Saturn poorly placed at the beginning of the month for observing, approaching the sun as the month passes.

Neptune is visible in Capricornus after sunset through until about 3am

Uranus is visible in Pisces, very close to Jupiter throughout the night.

Comets visible this month (to magnitude 12)


Comet 103P Hartley 2 visible in Andromeda.
Comet 10P Tempel 2 visible in Cetus.
Comet 2P Encke visible in Corvus

Visible ISS passes:

There are several visible evening ISS passes in the first half of this month, for 10 day listings for your location please check www.heavens-above.com (free registration required.

Deep sky


Best deep sky observing this month is from the 5th to the 13th.

Messier objects well placed month:

M103, M52, M76, M34, M110, M31, M32, M33, M74, M77, M45, M39, M29, M15, M2, M71, M27, M56, M57.

The double star Albireo in Cygnus is well worth imaging, the striking difference in colour between the two making this a worthwhile double to image.
The North American and Pelican nebulas are still worth an attempt this month, catch them while you still can this year!

Imaging suggestions;

Beginners: M45 (sorry, you’ll need to stop up late for this one!). Venus, Mars and Spica align at the beginning of the month, see if you can capture this.

Intermediate: DWB 111 the propeller nebula. Located in Cygnus, a tough target so one for the advanced imagers too…

Advanced Imaging: NGC 1365 in Fornax, a rarely imaged barred spiral galaxy.




Leigh
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Re: September Sky Guide
« Reply #1 on: 12:43:04, 05 September, 2010 »
Thanks Leigh
Some interesting targets this month.
I really must try to bag me a comet !!!
Keep up the good work
Don
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