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Open cluster M26, globular cluster M56, and spiral galaxy IC 4808

August 18-25, 2011: Open cluster M26 offers small-telescope owners a nice view, while large-telescope owners can seek out globular cluster M56 and spiral galaxy IC 4808.

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To find M26, draw a line from magnitude 3.9 Alpha (α) through magnitude 4.7 Delta (δ) Scuti. Then extend the line in the same direction half the distance between Alpha and Delta, and you’ll land on M26.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.

Targets for August 18-25, 2011

Small telescope: Open cluster M26
8-inch or larger telescope: Globular cluster M56
8-inch or larger telescope: Spiral galaxy IC 4808

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