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.
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...
Cloudy, later partly clearing skies greeted 30 visitors (19 children and 11 adults) from the Canadian Association for Girls in Science, Matthews Hall School, for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation "Extra Solar Planets" and used the "Transit Demonstration" model—a kind of extra-solar planet orrery—to show how a planetary transit in front of another star could be observed.Read more...
Clear skies with a few clouds greeted 23 visitors from the 59th Beaver Scouts (including 6 Beavers, 8 other children and 9 adults) for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System”. RASC London Centre was represented by Tricia Colvin, Mark Tovey and Bob Duff.Read more...