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Observing podcast: Optical double star Mizar and Alcor, the Sombrero Galaxy, and elliptical galaxy M60

May 13-20, 2010: The optical double star Mizar and Alcor is a nice target for beginners, while the Sombrero Galaxy and elliptical galaxy M60 provide nice targets for telescope owners.
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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 May 13-20, 2010
    Naked eye: Optical double star Mizar and Alcor
    Small telescope: Sombrero Galaxy
    8-inch or larger telescope: Elliptical galaxy M60


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