In April, we ventured into the heart of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Star-hopping around the Virgo cluster is a daunting undertaking. Galaxies are strewn everywhere, with relatively few guide stars to keep us on course.
No less intimidating for the novice (and even some veteran backyard astronomers) is a star-hop into the portion of the Milky Way that runs through Sagittarius. It’s easy to get lost in this tangle of rich star fields, open and globular clusters, and nebulae. For that reason, we’ll employ the same tactic we used on the Virgo cluster by limiting our excursion to a small area.
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