March Observing List
 
   
     
     
   

These observing lists have been designed with objects for all sizes of telescopes and observer ability. Try the Easy objects first and work your way down the lists until you can move to the next level.

The easy objects are for people who are starting out or have telescopes that are around 100mm in aperture.

The medium objects are for those people who can identify their way round the sky and have a telescope less than or equal to 200mm.

The hard objects are for people who have telescopes that are larger than 200mm in aperture and are proficient at starhopping or who have digital setting circles.

Happy hunting.

If you do not have charts, here is some links to public domain star charts produced by the The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project. The charts will be useful for most of the Easy List and some of the Medium List. More detailed charts like Uranometria will be required for the Hard List.

The Mag-7 Star Atlas -- capable of being printed at reasonable resolutions on the average home printer. The Mag-7 Star Atlas plots stars down to Magnitude 7.25, with double / multiple stars indicated by a thin horizontal bar. Plotted Deep Sky Objects include all objects on the Messier list, the RASC's finest NGC list, and the Herschell 400 list --- more than 550 DSO's in total.

Charts courtsey of Andrew L. Johnson and Cloudy Nights
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1052

 
   
 
Name Type Mag RA Dec Constellation
Easy
M44 Open Cluster 3.1 08h 40m 14.9s +19° 39' 22" Cancer
M67 Open Cluster 6.9 08h 51m 40.9s +11° 47' 54" Cancer
IC 2391 Open Cluster 2.6 08h 40m 25.9s -52° 56' 19" Vela
NGC 2516 Open Cluster 3.8 07h 58m 10.6s -60° 46' 14" Carina
NGC 2547 Open Cluster 4.7 08h 10m 19.1s -49° 15' 06" Vela
NGC 2539 Open Cluster 6.5 08h 10m 51.0s -12° 50' 12" Puppis
NGC 2579 Open Cluster 7.5 08h 21m 03.8s -36° 14' 06" Puppis
Medium
NGC 2555 Galaxy 12.5 08h 18m 12.0s +00° 43' 45" Hydra
NGC 2613 Galaxy 10.4 08h 33m 36.0s -22° 59' 32" Pyxis
NGC 2648 Galaxy 12 08h 42m 57.0s +14° 16' 04" Cancer
NGC 2660 Open Cluster 8.8 08h 42m 47.4s -47° 13' 21" Vela
NGC 2683 Galaxy 9.7 08h 53m 00.6s +33° 24' 13" Lynx
NGC 2775 Galaxy 10.4 09h 10m 36.6s +07° 01' 00" Cancer
NGC 2784 Galaxy 10.3 09h 12m 33.0s -24° 11' 46" Hydra
NGC 2808 Globular Cluster 6.2 09h 12m 07.4s -64° 53' 17" Carina
NGC 2867 Planetary Nebula 9.7 09h 21m 33.3s -58° 20' 15" Carina
NGC 2903 Galaxy 8.8 09h 32m 27.5s +21° 28' 41" Leo
NGC 3055 Galaxy 11.9 09h 55m 34.2s +04° 14' 41" Sextans
NGC 3098 Galaxy 12.1 10h 02m 34.7s +24° 41' 18" Leo
NGC 3115 Galaxy 9.1 10h 05m 29.8s -07° 44' 40" Sextans
NGC 3132 Planetary Nebula 9.2 10h 07m 14.8s -40° 27' 55" Vela
NGC 3166 Galaxy 10.5 10h 14m 02.0s +03° 23' 59" Sextans
NGC 3201 Globular Cluster 6.9 10h 17m 49.5s -46° 26' 26" Vela
NGC 3242 Planetary Nebula 7.7 10h 25m 01.3s -18° 40' 14" Hydra
Hard
NGC 2610 Planetary Nebula 12.7 08h 33m 37.4s -16° 10' 03" Hydra
NGC 2792 Planetary Nebula 11.6 09h 12m 37.7s -42° 27' 08" Vela
NGC 2835 Galaxy 10.3 09h 18m 06.5s -22° 22' 45" Hydra
NGC 2899 Planetary Nebula 11.8 09h 27m 11.8s -56° 07' 56" Vela
NGC 2916 Galaxy 11.9 09h 35m 15.3s +21° 40' 59" Leo
NGC 2992 Galaxy 12.2 09h 45m 56.9s -14° 21' 09" Hydra
NGC 2997 Galaxy 9.4 09h 45m 52.1s -31° 13' 03" Antlia
NGC 3059 Galaxy 10.8 09h 50m 09.5s -73° 57' 01" Carina
NGC 3109 Galaxy 9.8 10h 03m 20.9s -26° 11' 10" Hydra
NGC 3145 Galaxy 11.7 10h 10m 25.3s -12° 27' 42" Hydra
NGC 3256 Galaxy 11.3 10h 28m 04.7s -43° 56' 09" Vela
NGC 3309 Galaxy 11.6 10h 36m 50.5s -27° 32' 51" Hydra
IC 2448 Planetary Nebula 10.4 09h 07m 07.7s -69° 58' 00" Carina
Abell 31 Planetary Nebula 12.2 08h 54m 28.6s +08° 53' 52" Cancer
Abell 33 Planetary Nebula 13.4 09h 39m 21.8s -02° 49' 27" Hydra
He 2-12 Planetary Nebula 11 08h 40m 54.0s -32° 24' 15" Pyxis
Sextans B Galaxy 11.3 10h 00m 16.5s +05° 18' 30" Sextans
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Updated 23rd July 2007