Observation targets for this week
This is a new series where we will post a list of targets for observers of all kinds - naked eyes, binoculars and telescopes.
It will be great if you could comment here with your observation logs, your experience in spotting them, any tips that you want to share on spotting these objects, photographs and anything related to these objects(or any other interesting objects that we might have missed out).
The purpose of doing this here and not on Facebook is because
- We would like to try and keep things organised(categorise posts so that people can look at what they want)
- Keep our discussions discoverable to others and SEOs. One big issue we have with Facebook is that quality posts disappear after a day or two and it’s too hard for future members to find something related to what they are looking for. One example for this is the weekly “What telescope should I buy?” questions that we get even though we have answered it multiple times and even wrote a long blog post about it.
- A platform for people who cannot and do not want to use Facebook, Whatsapp, etc. Hosting our own forum keeps all our data in our server and they will not be used for advertising and tracking purposes. This forum is a Discourse instance whose code is opensource.
I encourage you to take a look at the various features of this forum, ask questions, interact with us as much as possible and let’s all learn something from one another
If you look towards east an hour or so after sunset, you will be able to see Jupiter and Saturn close together.
M6, M7 - Open Clusters in Scorpius
These are two bright open star clusters that are visible even from light polluted skies. They even show up on long exposure photographs taken from the city.
M57, the Ring Nebula
This is one of the few planetary nebulae that’s visible easily from the city skies. It’s also easy to spot located right in the middle of two stars of the small yet easy to recognise constellation of Lyra.
Do go out and spot these objects! Do share your observation logs, tips and photographs in comments.
Wish you clear skies,