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Started by dhilts, 03/21/2006 11:10AM
Posted 03/21/2006 11:10AM Opening Post
Besides the obvious targets of moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and M13 etc, what other "fun" targets do folks like to show to begginers or vistors at star parties? I am thinking of things like the Christmas Tree, E.T., the diamond ring etc.

clear skies are coming (soon I hope)

Posted 03/21/2006 11:14PM #1

Try NGC 457 in Cassiopeia. In our club, we call it "Stickman". Others call it "ET" or the "Owl Cluster". Once you have seen it, you'll see why. Everyone like this one.

Posted 03/22/2006 08:21AM #2
Hi Dan, I usually like to try to hit the different type of DSOs so I will throw in M42 the Orion Nebula, M57 the Ring Nebula, M13 a nice star cluster, M31 an easy galaxy, and a nice open star cluster like the Pleadis or the double cluster. I really like the double cluster and the Pleadis with a nice low power wide view eyepiece.

Good luck Dave
Posted 03/22/2006 05:12PM #3
I am going to pitch a vote for one of my favorite "fun objects" COMETS, they are really fun because they are so temporary. Here today, gone tomorrow. They are a little tough, but man you feel good when you find them, and its really cool to find them when they are real close to any other DSO.

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Posted 03/23/2006 08:20AM #4
One of my favorite fun targets for summertime visitors is the "Fairy Ring" in Cygnus. It's six pairs of stars, roughly in a circle, with another pair in the middle. I first learned about in the Sky-Spot "Overlooked Objects" Telrad chart book. I can't find too many references on line except that it's at RA 20h 4m and Dec 38d 20m. Some describe it as hard to locate, but I can usually go right to it even in here in the bright 'burbs of Chicago.

Clear, fun skies!

Sweet the coming on
Of grateful evening mild; then silent night
With this her solemn bird and this fair moon,
And these the gems of heaven, her starry train.
--John Milton