April Objects

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


M97 (Owl nebula) Ursa Major
NGC3242 (Ghost of Jupiter) Hydra
NGC2438 and Open Cluster M46 Puppis
NGC2261 (Hubble's Variable Nebula) Monoceros
NGC2392 (Eskimo nebula)


M65/66 and NGC3628 The Trio In Leo
M81/82 Ursa Major
M51/NGC5195 Ursa Major
NGC3115 (Spindle Galaxy) Sextans
NGC3521 Leo
M83 Hydra
M86, M84 and Markarian's Chain in Virgo

NGC4833 and Virgo cluster
M101 Ursa Major
M105 and NGC3384 and NGC3389 Leo


M3 Canes Venatici
M53 Coma Berenices
M79 Lepus


M45 Taurus (Pleiades)
M44 Cancer (Beehive or Praesepe)
M67 Cancer
M41 Canis Major
M93 Puppis
NGC2264 (Xmas tree cluster) Monoceros
M35 Gemini
NGC2158 (Same field of view with M35)


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 variable stars. It has a period of 10.6 days during which its magnitude fluctuates between 3.6 and 4.2. With binoculars you might note a magnitude 7.6 companion which is actually unrelated to Zeta.


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Last updated February 4, 2018 by Brian Gray