Sky and Telescope's "Pocket Sky-Atlas" is a wonderful resource for all amateur astronomers. These challenges are designed for spicing up your observing.
Sky and Telescope Magazine's "Pocket Sky Atlas" has found a place in the tool kit of many amateur astronomers. The convenient size makes it easy to use at the telescope without requiring a separate chart table.
These challenge objects are indexed to the star chart pages containing those objects. The idea is to have fun and perhaps expand your observing past the "usual suspects" that can be found because of past experiences. Seeing conditions may not allow finding these objects every night, but they should be visible at some point during the month.
The October Sky
The chill is in the air and the nights are getting longer, leaves are falling exposing new opportunities in viewing fields not available during summer. For early risers, Orion returns and M42 beckons.
Don’t be spooked away from doing astronomy outreach: it is not as scary as it seems.
The last night of the month is a perfect night to gain some hands on experience by doing neighbourhood astronomy outreach. The moon and Jupiter are good early targets. A telescope set up near the frond door of your home during Halloween is an excellent idea for neighbourhood outreach.Other suitable targets include M31 (page 3), M45 (page 15 also see close up chart “A” at the back of the atlas.) and the Double Cluster (page 13).
I’ve indexed the object to its star chart page.
M45 Page13, also see close up chart “A” at the back of the atlas.
Algol, Page 2. Is it as bright as last month?
Alderamin and Errai, page71.
Alpheratz, Matar and Caph page72.
IC 405, Page 12.
NGC 7457, Page 74.
NGC 7626 and 7619, Page 74.
V509, Page 72.
Small Scopes and Binoculars
Kemble’s Cascade, Pages 11 and 13. There are 15 to 25 stars visible here, can you see colour in any of them?
M73 and M2, Page 77.
M15, Page 75.
NGC 7448, Page 74.
NGC 7009, M30 Page 77.
M34, Page 12.
PK 72-17.1 ( Abell 74), Page 75.
NGC 6940, Page 73.
Generally clear skies greeted 23 visitors (not including 2 infants), mostly adults with some children, for a Private Event at the Cronyn Observatory, Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 6:00 p.m. The family had purchased a star in honour of a deceased relative. Graduate student Neil Bhatt made the digital slide presentation “The Curious Case of the Light Thieves” explaining the spectra of stars, beginning around 6:38 p.m. He followed this with a few slides of the region near Polaris and the constellation Cepheus where the star was located.Read more...
Partly cloudy skies greeted 34 visitors (20 children and 14 adults) from Eagle Heights Public School Grade-6 class for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and answered questions.Read more...
Cloudy skies and damp weather greeted a “Student group” of 6 Western University students to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “Extra Solar Planets” and answered questions. Shannon then invited the group up to the table set up at the front of the lecture room for the activity “Kitchen Comet”, making a comet out of dry ice and other materials.Read more...