Observing with Library Loaner Telescopes

Observing with Library Loaner Telescopes

Easy objects for Spring 2017

The suggestions below are for mid-month in April @9:00pm, May @9:30pm June @10:00pm


In the West after sunset:


1st quarter on:  April 4th,  May 2nd,  June 1st

Full on:  April 11th, May 10th,  June 9th

3rd quarter on:  April 19th, May 18th, June 17th

New:  April 26th, May 25th , June 23rd


Moon phases can be found at:  http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml


Constellations & Objects:

        Cassiopeia M52, M103, open  clusters

        Perseus Double Cluster between Perseus & Cassiopeia; variable star Algol, period of 2.9 days

        Auriga – M36, M37, M38, open clusters

        Taurus & Pleiades Hyades cluster, the head of Taurus; Pleiades cluster, great with binoculars

        Gemini M35, open cluster

        Orion M42 & M43, diffuse nebulae  

        Cancer M44, open cluster

        Ursa Major Mizar & Alcor, easy double star

        Hercules M13, M92, globular clusters

        Cygnus Alberio, two-color double star, the head of Cygnus the Swan; M29, M39

        Scorpius M4, globular cluster



        Mars bright reddish ‘star’ very low, about 10 degrees above the horizon, best in April

        Jupiter starts in April low in the SE, rises earlier each night throughout Spring & Summer

        Saturn starts in April low in the SSE around 2:00am, in May high enough to view about  midnight,  June around 10:00pm; rises earlier each night throughout the Summer.

        Venus rises shortly before Sunrise in Spring, a little earlier each day.




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