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The Tarantula Nebula, barred spiral galaxy NGC 2188, and barred spiral galaxy NGC 1744

January 5–12, 2012: The Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070) offers small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out barred spiral galaxy NGC 2188 in Columba and barred sprial NGC 1744 in Lepus.
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One of the most popular southern sky targets, the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070) spans nearly 1,000 light-years.
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Targets for January 5–12, 2012

Small telescope: The Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070)
Large telescope: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2188
Large telescope: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1744

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