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:

Moon

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

 

Planets:

        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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