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The Omega Nebula, Graff’s Cluster, and planetary nebula IC 1295

July 28-August 4, 2011: The Omega Nebula and Graff’s Cluster offer small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out planetary nebula IC 1295.

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To find M17, look 2.6° southwest of magnitude 4.7 Gamma (γ) Scuti. At magnitude 6.0, it’s easy to locate this emission nebula through any telescope. And it is large, measuring 20' by 15', which means it covers 40 percent as much area as the Full Moon.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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Targets for July 28-August 4, 2011

Small telescope: Omega Nebula
Small telescope: Graff’s Cluster
8-inch or larger telescope: Planetary nebula IC 1295

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