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Observing podcast: Orionid meteor shower, open cluster NGC 7789, and the Bubble Nebula

October 16-23, 2009, the Orionid meteor shower makes a great event for beginning observers, while open cluster NGC 7789 and the Bubble Nebula provide nice targets for telescope owners.
October 2009 Orionid meteor finder chart
The Orionid meteor shower peaks before dawn October 21. With no Moon to interfere, observers with dark skies can expect to see up to 30 meteors per hour.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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 October 16-23, 2009
    Naked eye: Orionid meteor shower
    Small telescope: Open cluster NGC 7789
    8-inch or larger telescope: Bubble Nebula


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