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Observing podcast: Hind's Crimson Star, the Pirate Moon Cluster, and the Embryo Nebula

December 25, 2009-January 1, 2010: Hind's Crimson Star makes a great target for beginning observers, while the Pirate Moon Cluster and the Embryo Nebula provide nice targets for telescope owners.
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From magnitude 0.9 Aldebaran (Alpha [α] Tauri), move 3.5° northeast, and you'll encounter NGC 1647. Sharp-eyed observers can spot it from a dark site with their naked eyes, but, if you can't, binoculars or a finder scope will bring it in. It spans 40'.
Phil Harrington
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 December 25, 2009-January 1, 2010
    Naked eye: Hind's Crimson Star
    Small telescope: Pirate Moon Cluster
    8-inch or larger telescope: Embryo Nebula


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