Melotte 111 is too big for a telescope, so let's have a look at a big, bold, bright, and beautiful telescopic object
Southern hemisphere observers may see it as a relatively poorly placed telescopic object
in the morning sky prior to perihelion, and in the evening sky post-perihelion.
C/1807 R1 remained a telescopic object
for a few more months, with the last observation made on March 27, 1808.
(9) Although typically considered a telescopic object
, NCC 2571 can be picked up with 15x70 binoculars; look for the roughly linear distribution of the cluster's brighter stars.
As a telescopic object
the double is famed for the vivid hues of its component stars.
From late April through May it was predicted to be a telescopic object
of magnitude 8.5 to 10 while crossing the Big Dipper's Handle (see the finder chart in the January issue, page 84).
APRIL'S OBJECTS Name Type Coordinates epoch 2000.0 NGC 4038 spiral |12.sup.h~ |01.sup.m~.9 galaxy -18 |degrees~ 52' NGC 4361 planetary |12.sup.h~ |24.sup.m~.5 nebula -18 |degrees~ 48' M104 spiral |12.sup.h~ |40.sup.m~.0 galaxy -11 |degrees~ 37' The first telescopic object
I usually turn to in Corvus is the small but really fine planetary nebula NGC 4361.
They include nearly every extended (non-pointlike) telescopic object
beyond the solar system that is visible with, say, an 8-to 12-inch telescope from a backyard observing site with moderate light pollution.
Between Procyon (in Canis Minor, the Smaller Dog) and Sirius is the dim constellation Monoceros, rich in telescopic objects
. Regulus in Leo is rising in the east, while above it is sinuous Hydra the Water Snake with its brightest star Alphard.
Not only is Orion the brightest constellation, it also offers one of the most splendid telescopic objects
beyond our solar system: M42, the Great Orion Nebula.
OBSERVING MOST TELESCOPIC objects
typically involves two hurdles: Can you find it, and do you see it at all?
A "What's Up?" feature generates tables of interesting naked-eye, binocular, and telescopic objects
visible at a sunset, midnight, or sunrise.