|PATH:||The Astronomy Connection Observing Targets February Messier Tour|
By: "Tony Cecce, Corning, NY"
This month highlights 10 messier objects, most are within reach of binoculars, and over half can be seen with the naked eye.
The Crab nebula is a supernova remnant in Taurus. It is a hazy
patch in small telescopes, large scopes can resolve some detail. It
is difficult but possible to see in binoculars.
The Pleiades are a large open cluster in Taurus. Easy to resolve
six stars naked eye. Binoculars provide the best view. Large telescopes
can show some nebulosity.
A series of open clusters in the winter milky way. M35 is in Gemini, the others are in Auriga. All can be seen naked eye as faint fuzzy stars, binoculars reveal fuzzy patches, low power telescopes can resolve these rich clusters.
M42 is the great Orion Nebula. It can be seen as small fuzzy patch naked eye. Binoculars show some detail, and the view is superb in most any scope. M43 is a small region of nebulosity next to M42, and probably requires the use of a telescope to view. Use low to moderate powers for the best view of this pair.
A small emission nebula in Orion, a tough binocular object.
Best viewed in a telescope at moderate powers.
One of the smallest and dimmest globular clusters in the
catalog. A tough binocular object in Lepus, best viewed in a
telescope at moderate powers.
Last Month - M31, M32, M33, M34, M52, M74, M76, M77, M103, M110 Next Month - M41, M44, M46, M47, M48, M50, M67, M93 Revision 11/95, A.J. Cecce