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Thursday, 2 March 2017 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Monmouth Museum

Bright Star

We are happy to introduce the Bright S*T*A*R 100 Observing Program!  This program is designed for  light polluted areas. Most of the objects are brighter than 9th magnitude, and therefore you can conduct some if not all of the project right from your own backyard!  Many of the objects can even be observed using binoculars.  We have included old favorites as well as some from more obscure catalogs.  We hope these more obscure ones will help hone your star-hopping skills!

HOW TO CONDUCT YOUR OBSERVATIONS

 

star.gif (227 bytes) Log your observations.  You can print out the Bright S*T*A*R 100 Table, below. On it find a place for logging the date of the observation, and also a place for observation notes, if desired.

star.gif (227 bytes) Use any star charts, planetarium software,  filters, etc. you like to find the objects.

star.gif (227 bytes) Not allowed are setting circles, digital or otherwise.

star.gif (227 bytes) No time limits on your observations. This list covers nearly every Northern hemisphere  constellation; therefore, at least three seasons of observing are necessary (two and a half  if you are a hyer-observer!)

star.gif (227 bytes) When your list is complete, please turn it into a club officer.  At the next meeting thereafter, you will be   presented with a lovely, frameable certificate. Or, you can also use it to patch that nasty little breeze in  your   basement.

star.gif (227 bytes) More than anything, HAVE FUN. This is  the very most important rule. People who insist on NOT having   fun will be disqualified:)  Good luck and happy observing!

    And now, onto...

 

BRIGHT S*T*A*R 100 OBSERVING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

   

star-button.gif (955 bytes)TABLE OF OBJECTS star-button.gif (955 bytes)

  CATALOG # COMMON NAME CONSTELLATION OBJECT TYPE DATE/ NOTES
1 NGC 7009 Saturn Nebula Aquarius planetary nebula -
2 NGC 7293 Helix Nebula Aquarius planetary nebula -
3 NGC 6709 ------------ Aquila open cluster -
4 M31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda spiral galaxy -
5 M32 ---------- Andromeda galaxy -
6 NGC 891 ---------- Andromeda edge-on galaxy -
7 NGC 7662 Blue Snowball Andromeda planetary nebula -
8 NGC 752 ---------- Andromeda open cluster -
9 M2 ---------- Aquarius globular cluster -
10 M36 ---------- Auriga open cluster -
11 M37 ---------- Auriga open cluster -
12 NGC 1907 ---------- Auriga open cluster -
13 M38 --------- Auriga open cluster -
14 NCG 2403 ---------- Camelopardalis face on galaxy -
15 M3 ---------- Canes Venatici globular cluster -
16 M63 Sunflower Galaxy Canes Venaciti galaxy -
17 M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Canes Venaciti face on galaxy -
18 M106 ---------- Canes Venaciti galaxy -
19 NGC 2362 Tau Canis Major Cluster/Mexican Jumping Star Canis Major open cluser -
20 M41 ---------- Canis Major open cluster -
21 NGC 2363 ---------- Canis Major open cluster -
22 NGC 457 Owl Cluster Cassiopeia open cluster -
23 NCG 6939 ---------- Cepheus open cluster -
24 NGC 4565 Needle Galaxy Coma Berenices edge-on spiral galaxy -
25 Melotte 111 Coma Star Cluster Coma Berenices large open cluster -
26 M64 Black Eye Galaxy Coma Berenices galaxy -
27
Beta Cygni Albireo Cygnus double star -
28 NGC 6826 Blinking Nebula Cygnus planetary nebula -
29 NGC 7000 North American Nebula Cygnus nebula -
30 NGC 6934 ---------- Delphinus globular cluster -
31 Nu Draconis

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Draco double star -
32 NGC 2392 Eskimo Nebula Gemini planetary nebula -
33 M13 Great Hercules Cluster Hercules globular cluster -
34 M92 ---------- Hercules globular cluster -
35 NCG 6210 ---------- Hercules planetary nebula -
36 NGC 3242 Ghost of Jupiter Hydra planetary nebula -
37 NGC 7243 ---------- Lacerta open cluster -
38 Gamma Leo Algebia Leo double star -
39 NCG 2903 ---------- Leo face on spiral galaxy -
40 M65 ---------- Leo galaxy -
41 NCG 2903 ---------- Leo face on spiral galaxy -
42 M57 Ring Nebula Lyra planetary nebula -
43 Epsilon Lyrae Double Double Lyra multiple star -
44 M56 ---------- Lyra globular cluster -
45 NCG 2244 Rosette Cluster Monoceros open cluster -
46 NGC 2264 Christmas Tree Cluster/Cone Neb Monoceros open cluster/nebula -
47 M50 ----------- Monoceros open cluster -
48 Mercury Mercury various planet -
49 Neptune Neptune various planet -
50 NGC 1981 ---------- Orion open cluster -
51 Theta 1 Ori Trapezium Orion mulitple star -
52 M42 Orion Nebula Orion diffuse nebula -
53 M78 -------- Orion reflection nebula -
54 IC4665 -------- Ophiuchus open cluster -
55 M10 -------- Ophiuchus globular cluster -
56 M12 -------- Ophiuchus globular cluster -
57 M15 -------- Pegasus globular cluster -
58 Mel 20 Alpha-Persei Association Perseus open cluster -
59 NGC 884 Double Cluster Perseus open cluster -
60 NGC 869 Double Cluster Perseus open cluster -
61 NGC 246 ---------- Pisces planetary nebula -
62 M47 ---------- Puppis open cluster -
63 M46 ---------- Puppis open cluster -
64 NGC 2438 ---------- Puppis plan neb. superimposed on M46 -
65 M71 ---------- Sagitta globular cluster -
66 M23 ---------- Sagittarius open cluster -
67 M16 Eagle Nebula Sagittarius nebula -
68 M22 ----------- Sagittarius globular cluster -
69 M20 Trifid Nebula Sagittarius diffuse nebula -
70 M17 Swan or Omega Nebula Sagittarius diffuse nebula -
71 M8 Lagoon Nebula Sagittarius diffuse nebula -
72 Graffias Scorpius Scorpius multiple star -
73 M4 ---------- Scorpius globular cluster -
74 M6 Butterfly Cluster Scorpius open cluster -
75 M7 ---------- Scorpius open cluster -
76 NGC 253 Sculptor Galaxy Sculptor galaxy -
77 NGC 55 ---------- Sculptor galaxy -
78 M26 ---------- Scutum open cluster -
79 M11 Wild Duck Cluster Scutum open cluster -
80 NGC 6712 --------- Scutum planetary nebula -
81 M5 -------------- Serpens globular cluster -
82 IC4756 ---------- Serpens open cluster -
83 Delta Serpens ------------ Serpens double star -
84 NGC 3115 Spindle Galaxy Sextens edge on galaxy -
85 NGC 1435 Merope Nebula Taurus reflection nebula -
86 Melotte 25 Hyades Taurus open cluster -
87 M1 Crab Nebula Taurus supernova remnant -
88 M33 Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum face on galaxy -
89 Alpha Ursae Minor Polaris Ursa Minor double star -
90 Zeta Ursa Majoris Horse and Rider Ursa Major multiple star -
91 M81 -------------- Ursa Major galaxy -
92 M82 -------------- Ursa Major galaxy -
93 Uranus Uranus various planet -
94 M86 ---------- Virgo galaxy -
95 M49 ---------- Virgo galaxy -
96 M87 ---------- Virgo galaxy -
97 M104 Sombrero Galaxy Virgo edge on galaxy -
98 NGC 6940 ---------- Vulpecula open cluster -
99 Cr 399 The Coathanger Vulpecula asterism -
100 M27 Dumbell Nebula Vulpecula planetary nebula -
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