The Omega Nebula, Graff’s Cluster, and planetary nebula IC 1295
July 28-August 4, 2011: The Omega Nebula and Graff’s Cluster offer small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out planetary nebula IC 1295.
July 28, 2011
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.
To find M17, look 2.6° southwest of magnitude 4.7 Gamma (γ) Scuti. At magnitude 6.0, it’s easy to locate this emission nebula through any telescope. And it is large, measuring 20' by 15', which means it covers 40 percent as much area as the Full Moon.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Targets for July 28-August 4, 2011
Small telescope: Omega Nebula
Small telescope: Graff’s Cluster
8-inch or larger telescope: Planetary nebula IC 1295
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