Observation Challenges for January

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Year Beginner Intermediate Advanced Lunar
2020

Messier 34
NGC 1039
Open Cluster in Persius
~1400 ly away
Good target for binoculars or telescope with low magnification

NGC 1501
AKA the Oyster Nebula
Planetary Nebula in Camelopardalis
Mag 11.5 in brightness
Approximately 52” angular size

NGC 1232A
Companion Galaxy to NGC1232 in Eridanus
15th magnitude brightness
Forms ARP41 with its paired galaxy

Craters Furnerius and Fraunhofer
Located in the southeastern region of the moon
Furnerius is an old eroded crater with Nectarian ejecta on its floor.
Furnerius is approximately 125KM in diameter

 
2019

M42 - The Orion Nebula
Star forming nebula in the constellation Orion
Forms part of the “sword” of Orion, hanging just off Orion’s fashionable belt
Easy object in binoculars, and a wonderful object to look at in any telescope

Abell 12
Planetary nebula in Orion
Magnitude 13.9 in brightness
About 37” in size
Very close to Mu Orionis — requires a clear night as any haze in the sky may require an UHC or O-III filter to help bring it out of the glare

Abell Galaxy Cluster 426
AKA Perseus Galaxy Cluster, 
Many Galaxies in the cluster,
How many can you spot?
18 NGC Objects, 11 UGC Objects, 6 IC Objects, 1 PGC Object

Craters Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins
Located within Mare Tranquillitatis near the Apollo 11 landing site.
Best viewed on lunar days 5 & 19
Armstrong crater is about 5km in diameter, Collins & Aldrin about 3km each