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One lane of stars crosses Struve 485 roughly from west to east, while the other crosses it from the southwest - but the northeastern arm curves abruptly to the north and opens into a Y of stars. It takes little imagination to see these stars and this pattern as the skull-and-cross-bones symbol of the pirate's Jolly Roger. With that in mind, we can now return to low power and, borrowing from the pages of J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, see NGC 1502 as Captain Hook's ship, the Jolly Roger, moored...

Ngc 4216

Tirion Churl 13 Uranametria Chart 193 Tirion Churl 13 Uranametria Chart 193 Silver Streak Galaxy, Weaver's Shuttle Galaxy NGC 4216 Type Mixed Spiral Galaxy (SABb) Con Virgo Dist 55 million light-years Disc William Herschel, 1784 w. herschel ObservedApril 17, 1784 Bright, very much extended, very bright in the middle, 9' or 10' in length. (HI-35) ngc Very bright, very large, very much extended toward position angle 17 , suddenly brighter in the middle to a nucleus. ngc 4216 is a picture-perfect...

Treasures

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Ngc 2169

Shopping Cart Cluster, Little Pleiades, 37 Cluster NGC 2169 Type Open Cluster Con Orion RA 06h 08.4m Dec +13 58' Mag 5.9 (O'Meara) 5.9 Diam 6.0' Dist 3,000 light-years Disc Possibly Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654 William Herschel independently discovered it in 1784 w. herschel ObservedOctober 15,1784 A small cluster of pretty bright white stars. (HVIII-24) ngc Cluster, small, little rich in stars, pretty much compressed, double star (Struve 848). ngc 2169 is a beautiful and bright open...

Ngc 3184

Tirion Charts 2 & 6 Uranometria Chart 72 Type Mixed Spiral Galaxy (SABcd) Con Ursa Major Dist 36 million light-years Disc William Herschel, 1787 w. herschel ObservedMarch 18, 1787 Considerably bright, round, very gradually brighter in the middle, 8' diameter, considerable stars in it, unconnected. (HI-168) ngc Pretty bright, very large, round, very gradually brighter in the middle. ngc 3184 is a striking, nearly face-on galaxy tickling the left hind toes of Ursa Major, the Great Bear. Its...

Ngc 4526

Tirlon Charts 13 & 14 Uranometria Charts 193 & 194 Tirlon Charts 13 & 14 Uranometria Charts 193 & 194 Dist 40 million light-years Disc William Herschel, 1784 w. herschel ObservedApril 18, 1784 Bright, very large, much extended, much brighter in the middle. (HI-31 HI-38) ngc Very bright, very large, much extended toward roughly position angle 120 , pretty suddenly much brighter in the middle, between 2 magnitude 7 stars. ngc 4526 is one of the countless galaxies swarming like bees...

Ngc 4490

Tirion Chart 7 Uranometria Chart 75 Type Peculiar Barred Spiral Galaxy (SBdP) Con Canes Venatici Dist 25 million light-years Disc William Herschel, 1788 w. herschel Observed January 14,1788 Very bright, very large and irregularly extended. The northern member NGC 4485 is bright, pretty small, an irregular figure and is 1' distant. (HI-198) ngc Very bright, very large, much extended toward position angle 130 , mottled , south following of 2. Canes venatici harbors a wealth of extragalactic...

Ngc 4605

Tirion Chart 2 Uranometria Charts 25 & 26 Tirion Chart 2 Uranometria Charts 25 & 26 FabergeEgg, Frankenstein Galaxy NGC 4605 Dist 13 million light-years Disc William Herschel, 1790 w. herschel ObservedMarch 19, 1790 Extremely bright, extended in the direction of the parallel of declination, 5' in length, all over equally bright except just on the edges. (HI-254) ngc Very bright, very large, much extended toward roughly position angle 120 , pretty suddenly much brighter in the middle,...

Ngc 2451

Tirion Chart 19 (Jranumctria Chart 362 Type Asterism superimposed on the Puppis Moving Group and possibly a more distant cluster Con Puppis RA 07h 45.4m Dec -37 57' Mag 2.7 (O'Meara) 2.8 Diam 50.0' Dist 600 light-years (Puppis Moving Group or NGC 2451-A) Disc Giovanni Batista Hodierna, before 1654 j. herschel The chief star (4th magnitude) of an orange colour, of a very large and very diffused cluster of large stars, too loose to be a fit object for the ordinary magnifying power. (h3099) ngc...

Ngc 2467

Tirion Charts 19 & 20 (Jranumctria Chart 32(1 NGC 2467 Sharpless 2-331 Type Emission Nebula Con Puppis Mag 8.0 (O'Meara) Nebula Dim 16' x 12' Dist 13,700 light-years Disc William Herschel, 1784 w. herschel Observed December 9,1784 Large pretty bright, round and easily resolvable, 6' or 7' diameter, a faint red color is visible. A star of 8th magnitude is not far from the center but not connected. (HIV-22) ngc Pretty bright, very large, round, easily resolvable, magnitude 8 star in the...

Hidden Treasure

Tirion Cltarl 7 Uranometria Chart I4S Tirion Cltarl 7 Uranometria Chart I4S Coma Berenices Cluster, Berenice's Hair, Ariadne's Hair, Thisbe's Veil, Cobweb Cluster, Black Bart's Hair, Flying Witch Melotte 111 Type Open Cluster Con Coma Berenices On cool spring evenings, when Leo is leaping high across the meridian, and Arcturus in Bootes burns brilliantly above the beast's lower shanks, another constellation, dim but glittering, fills the void between them. Large and inconspicuous, Coma...

Ngc 2353

Avery's Island NGC 2353 Type Open Cluster Con Monoceros w. herschel Observed January 10,1785 An extensive cluster of scattered stars. (H VIII-34) ngc Cluster, large, very little compressed, one very bright star. In November 2002, i sailed the border of Canis Majoris and Monoceros with my 4-inch refractor, trying to find NGC 2349, one of Caroline Herschel's lost treasures. Although I had no success with NGC 2349, I did discover a wonderland of riches - a field strewn with clusters and dim...

Ngc 3344

Tirion Chart 6 llranometria Chart 145 Tirion Chart 6 llranometria Chart 145 Dist 20 million light-years Disc William Herschel, 1785 w. herschel ObservedApril 6,1785 Considerably bright, considerably large, milky, just preceding 2 stars. (HI-81) ngc Considerably bright, large, gradually brighter in the middle, star involved, 2 stars following. ngc 3344 is the largest and brightest galaxy in the Little Lion, one of the most neglected proving grounds for extragalactic treasure. Johannes Hevelius...

Misty Clover Cepheus

At 23 x in the 4-inch, the nebula is a slightly swollen star with a blue-gray tint, a delicate ashen shade, almost stone-cold slate, a fitting color for this near-death star. Although all manner of moderate magnifications will make the planetary disk more obvious from the surroundings, high powers are needed to make sense of it. Moderate powers give the illusion that the planetary has a bright central star surrounded by an asymmetrical crown of light. But the longer I look at it at moderate...

Bedford Astronomy Coathanger

Al-Sufi's Nebula, Brocchi's Cluster, Coathanger, The Snail Collinder 399 Type Asterism Con Vulpecula On warm august nights, riding high in the southern sky 4 northwest of the feathered shaft of Sagitta, the Arrow, is a remarkable gathering of suns in the vicinity of 4 and 5 Vulpeculae. The gathering is visible as a 3rd-magnitude mottled haze to the naked eye, while binoculars reveal it to be a conspicuous straight line of six stars (oriented east-west) with a southward-dipping hook. For this...

Ngc 3293

Ngc 4755 Charts The Principle Stars

K- -< s - - - - - - Tirion Chart 25 Uranometria Chart 427 Spider Spit Cluster, Little Jewel Box NGC 3293 Type Open Cluster Con Carina RA 10h 35.8m Dec -58 13' Mag 4.6 (O'Meara) 4.7 Diam 5.0' Dist 8,000 light-years Disc Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, listed in his 1755 catalog j. herschel A fine bright rich not very large cluster. (h 3276) ngc Cluster, bright, rich in stars, pretty large. If THERE is ONE OBJECT in the sky more deserving of the Jewel Box moniker than Kappa (k) Crucis (NGC...

Ngc 2539

Tirion Chart 12 Llranometria Charts 275 & 276 The Dish Cluster NGC 2539 Type Open Cluster Con Puppis RA 08h 10.6m Dec -12 49' Mag 6.5 (O'Meara) 6.5 Diam 15.0' Dist 4,000 light-years Disc William Herschel, 1785 w. herschel Observed January 31, 1785 A considerably rich cluster of coarse scattered stars above 20' in diameter. (HVII-11) ngc Cluster, very large, rich in stars, little compressed, stars from magnitude 11 to 13. ngc 2539 is a moderately condensed open cluster tucked away in the...