February Objects

These are some show piece objects listed by object type, catalog number and constellation.


M42 (Orion nebula) Orion
M43 Orion
NGC2438 and Open Cluster M46 Puppis
NGC2261 (Hubble's Variable Nebula) Monoceros
M1 (Crab nebula) Taurus
NGC2024 (Flame Nebula) Orion
NGC2392 (Eskimo nebula)


M81/82 Ursa Major
NGC3115 (Spindle Galaxy) Sextans
M31/32/110 Andromeda
M33 Triangulum


M3 Canes Venatici
M79 Lepus


M45 Taurus (Pleiades)
M44 Cancer (Beehive or Praesepe)
M41 Canis Major
M46 and nebula NGC2438 Puppis
M47 Puppis
M48 Hydra
M50 Monoceros
M35 Gemini
NGC2158 (Same field of view with M35)
M36 Auriga
M37 Auriga
M38 Auriga
NGC869 and NGC884 (Double cluster) Perseus
NGC2169 (Backwards 37) Orion
NGC2264 (Christmas tree cluster) Monoceros


NAME                CON     RA (2000)      DEC       MAG       SEP         PA           NOTES

Alcor/Mizar (zeta) UMa   13h 23.9m   +54d 56m   1.8/2.2/4   12/14        150

Dubhe (alpha)      UMa    11h 04m      +62d 01m    1.8/7        6.3                          yel/blu

Iota                     Can     08h 46.7m    +28d 46m    4.0/6.6     30.4        307           yel/blu

Acubens (alpha)   Can    08h 58.5m     +11d 51m   4.3/11.8    11.3"

Castor (alpha)      Gem   07h 34.6m    +31d 53m  1.9/3/8.9   4.1"/71"       68

Wasat (delta)       Gem   07h 21.1m    +21d 59m   3.5/8.2       7.5"         226           yel/r.dwarf

Mekbuda (zeta)    Gem   07h 04m       +21d 59m   3.6/4.2                                    Cepheid variable

Mekbuda is one of the brightest variabe stars. It has a period of 10.6 days during wich its magnitude fluctuates between 3.6 and 4.2. With binoculars you might note a magnitude 7.6 companion wich is actually unrelated to Zeta.

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Last updated February 4, 2018 by Brian Gray