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Open cluster NGC 1545, emission nebula IC 2087, and spiral galaxy NGC 1566

December 8–15, 2011: Open cluster NGC 1545 in Perseus offers small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out emission nebula IC 2087 in Taurus and spiral galaxy NGC 1566 in Dorado.
Dorado
Pan 2° west of Alpha (α) Doradus to find the magnitude 9.7 spiral galaxy NGC 1566.
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 December 8–15, 2011

Small telescope: Open cluster NGC 1545
Large telescope: Emission nebula IC 2087
Large telescope: Spiral galaxy NGC 1566

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