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Messier Objects Part 10

And now the final part (10 of 10) of the PMO Messier object photography project! This group is last but not least. Like the previous two groups, it’s dominated by galaxies, but also contains a nice globular star cluster (M107 in Ophiuchus) and a nice open star cluster (M103 in Cassiopeia). Of ...

Binocular Sky Tours

On weekends near the new (dark) moon, PMO often has binocular tours. Visitors will lie on their backs while Tom points out interesting sky objects with a laser. No prior observing experience is required. We have a number of pairs of binoculars to lend for this activity, but bring your own if you ...

Visiting PMO in June

With improving weather, June could be an excellent opportunity for you to visit PMO! Although it doesn’t get completely dark until 10:30 or so, twilight viewing of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will begin around 9:00 p.m., following sunset at about 8:45 p.m. Want to see or avoid the ...

Preparing the Planets

The planet (and Sun) markers for the solar system walk are being readied for a new season. They line the path from the 24-inch telescope dome to the top of Pine Mountain. Take a hike to Neptune starting this weekend, May 29-30. Weather permitting, you’ll also be able to observe the planets ...

Messier Objects Part 9

And now part 9 of 10 of the Messier object photography project … getting close to completion! This group, although also dominated by galaxies like Part 8, contains a globular star cluster (M92, not far from the much better known M13 in Hercules), an open star cluster (M93 in Puppis, near Canis ...

PMO Opening Weekend

It’s that time of year again … Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) is about to begin its annual program of Friday and Saturday evening public tours, from Memorial Day weekend (May 22-23) until the end of September. The weather forecast shows at least some clearing for this opening weekend, ...

Messier Objects Part 8

And now part 8 of 10 of the Messier object photography project! This group, although dominated by galaxies, starts off with the lesser-known M78 nebula in Orion, and the lesser-known M79 and M80 globular star clusters in Lepus (below Orion) and Scorpius, respectively. Of the galaxies, the M81/M82 ...

Messier Objects Part 7

And now part 7 of 10 of the Messier object photography project! This group is dominated by star clusters (six globular, one open and one asterism or grouping of stars), but also contains two notable spiral galaxies – M74 in Pisces and M77 in Cetus, along with the “Little Dumbbell” ...

Messier Objects Part 6

Part 6 of 10 of the PMO Messier object photography project is now ready! (See previous posts from 2014 for more details and the first five composite photos.) Eight of the 11 M objects in this group are galaxies in the Leo/Virgo/Coma Berenices/Canes Venatici region of the sky, visible this time of ...

The Rosette Nebula

Next door to the well-known winter constellation of Orion lies the Rosette Nebula, which, although more than twice the apparent size of the full Moon, is too faint to see with the unaided eye. Even with binoculars or a small telescope, you would likely see the associated star cluster (catalog number ...
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