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9 SAO 152691, which sits on the eastern end. An 8-inch telescope under a dark sky reveals more than 50 stars. The background is so dense here that you may have trouble defining where the cluster’s eastern edge ends and the field stars begin. 1 80 January 17 (continued) Type Other names Open cluster The Tau Canis Majoris Cluster, the Mexican Jumping Star, Caldwell 64 Our next object ranks as the sky’s 9th-brightest open cluster. 4 Tau (t) CMa and lots of fainter stars. In fact, no cluster star shines within 3 magnitudes of Tau.

Both NGC 2559 and our next target, NGC 2566, belong to a cluster of galaxies known as the Puppis concentration. 4 SAO 175514. 8 Rho (r) Puppis. 8 Rho (r) Puppis. Through a 12-inch telescope it appears small and bright with little central concentration save for a faint stellar core. The elliptical galaxy IC 2311, located 70 to the northeast, looks a little brighter than NGC 2566 and shows a strong brightening toward its center. 5. 8 Rho (r) Puppis. Through a 6-inch telescope, you’ll see 30 stars.

At low magnifications, you’ll see a disk-shaped, evenly illuminated glow three times as long as it is wide. Point a 14-inch or larger telescope at this object, and go after the ephemeral ring that gives the Helix Galaxy its common name. Use a magnification around 200Â to start, and increase the power if sky conditions are good enough. I’ve had some luck viewing the ring by moving NGC 2685’s main mass just out of the eyepiece’s field of view. E. 1007/978-1-4419-1777-5_2, Ó Springer ScienceþBusiness Media, LLC 2010 47 48 1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die OBJECT #101 Constellation Right ascension Declination Size Type Other names NGC 2736 Vela 9h00m –458570 200 Supernova remnant The Pencil Nebula, Herschel’s Ray The Pencil Nebula forms a small part of the Vela supernova remnant (SNR), which lies in the southern constellation Vela the Sails.

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