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Astronomy magazine podcast: Three night-sky objects for August 29-September 4

The Summer Triangle, the North America Nebula, and the Bow-Tie Nebula are visible in this week's night sky.
North America Nebula (NGC 7000) in Cygnus — "Gulf" region
4-inch Takahashi FSQ 106 apochromatic refractor at f/5.3, SBIG ST-10XME CCD camera. Phillips combined two 20-minute exposures through an H-alpha filter with three 5-minute green and three 8-minute blue exposures.
Daniel Phillips
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.

In each episode, Michael highlights:
  • One object you can see without any optical aid
  • One object you can see with a small (4-inch) telescope
  • One object you can see with at least an 8-inch telescope

Targets for August 29-September 4, 2008
    Naked eye: The Summer Triangle
    Small telescope: The North America Nebula
    8-inch or larger telescope: The Bow-Tie Nebula
Listen to the podcast:
Downloadable File(s)
You can read the episode's transcript at the Astronomy.com blog. The transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.

After you listen to the podcast and try to find the objects, be sure to share your observing experiences with us by leaving a comment at the blog or in the Reader forums.

Oh, and we haven't come up with a name for this weekly podcast yet, so feel free to comment at the blog with your ideas.

If you enjoyed this podcast, check out Summer binocular observing with Astronomy Contributing Editor Phil Harrington.

If you would like to subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, click here.
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