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Hunting Giant Planetary Nebulae

Mind your elders the next clear night and pay a visit to some of Spring's biggest and most ancient planetary nebulae.

Celestial Objects to Observe

One Small Order of Ring Galaxies, Please

"One Ring to rule them all." Join me as we explore a unique class of galaxies forged in the chaos of collision.

Graceful arc of shocked gas

Celestial Objects to Observe

How to See Cygnus's Other Veil Nebula

You'll be entering uncharted territory when you seek out this little known 'Shadow of the Veil' in Cygnus this summer.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Observing the Great Orion Nebula

This star-studded pool of misty light provides a feast for observers.

Deep Sky

Digging Deep in M33

The Triangulum Galaxy shows more detail through backyard telescopes than any other galaxies except the Magellanic Clouds and our own home, the Milky Way. But M33's treasures don't just jump out and grab your eye. To see them, you need dark skies, patience . . . and this guide from the December 2004 issue of Sky & Telescope.

M31

Celestial Objects to Observe

111 Deep Sky Wonders for Light-Polluted Skies

Bright skies aren't empty skies. See for yourself how many treasures lie hidden in the glow of a city sky.

M100

Deep Sky

Exploring the Hubble Sequence by Eye

Trained eyes and clear, dark skies can open up a new dimension in deep-sky observing.

Orion Nebula

Learning About the Sky

Fuzzies in Your Future:
An Introduction to Deep-Sky Objects

Ready to voyage beyond the Solar System? Here's what you can see.

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Chain of Galaxies Near M92

Many interesting but faint objects are often overlooked when they're beside a "showpiece" object. A collection of galaxies near M92 are a good example of this.

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Galaxy-Hop in Leo

Even with a modest telescope and a poor sky, you can ferret out many faint, far galactic wonders by using a good map.

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Pair of Grand Galaxies

If you think all galaxies are faint, fuzzy blobs, think again. Here are two easily-seen galaxies that will change your mind.

NGC 2440

Celestial Objects to Observe

A Collection of Bipolar Planetary Nebulae

Butterflies of the Milky Way await scrutiny with telescopes small and large.

The Helix Nebula

Deep Sky

Hunting Down the Helix

Despite its dodgy reputation, this planetary nebula is easy to find (for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere observers) if you go about it the right way.

Orion Nebula

Deep Sky

A Pair of Nice Nebulae

When you leave the planets, moons, and comets of our solar system behind, you enter the realm of the deep sky, a place of subtle glows and faint lights.

Deep Sky

Observing Amazing Nebulae Season by Season

Nebulae are among the most beautiful sights in the night sky but their diffuse nature can make them challenging to locate. Here are a few interesting nebulae, and most are easy to spot.

Deep Sky

Clusters of Clusters: Globular Pairings

Globular clusters are more concentrated in the direction of Sagittarius since that's where we find the center of the Milky Way. This area of the sky affords us opportunities to see several of these rich, ancient clusters in close proximity.

Deep Sky

Six Globulars Near Antares

If you can find bright Antares in Scorpius, you can use our chart to find these half dozen globular star clusters with a telescope — and maybe even binoculars.

Deep Sky

Winter Clusters Galore

The sky between the Big and Little Dogs may be poor in bright stars, but it’s rich in star clusters for small telescopes.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Open Clusters by the Season

Open clusters are popular targets for deep-sky observers, particularly when composed of varied-color stars. Here are some treats for scopes both large and small.

Deep Sky

A Sampling of Star Clusters

You don't need a big telescope to be dazzled by deep-sky wonders, particularly if your target is one of the many lovely star clusters.

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