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Cygnus

Challenge #2 – C9

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size C27 (NGC 6888) Bright Nebula 20h 12m 30s +38° 25′ 00″ Cygnus +7.4 20×10 arcmin Overview To me, the image of the Crescent Nebula, below, looks a bit like a brain. Of course, in our eyepieces we see none of this detail and color, but it is […]

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Challenge #1 – C8

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size C20 (NGC 7000) Bright Nebula 20h 58m 48s +44° 20′ 00″ Cygnus +4.0 120×100 arcmins Overview You can see from the table above what a gigantic feature the North America nebula is. Keep in mind that the full moon is about 30 arcminutes wide, and you’ll find

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Challenge #2 – C33-34

Target Type R.A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size C15 (NGC 6826) Planetary Nebula 19h 44m 48s +50° 31′ 30″ Cygnus 8.9 2.1 arcmin Overview It’s a great name, isn’t it? The Blinking Nebula! It comes from the sense that you can’t see the nebula when you look at it directly, but you can when you look

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M39, Open Cluster in Cygnus

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M39 (NGC 7092) Open Cluster 21h 31m 48s +48° 26′ 00″ Cygnus +4.6 29 arcmins Overview This is a large cluster in area – about the size of the full moon – with perhaps only 30 stars bright enough to be seen in our backyard telescopes. In

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M29 Open Cluster in Cygnus

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M29 Open Cluster 20h 23m 57s +38° 30′ 00″ Cygnus +6.6 10.0 arcmins Overview When Charles Messier first glimpsed this cluster in 1764, he thought it contained “seven or eight very bright stars”. We now know that the cluster contains at least 80 stars (and maybe as

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