April 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 fore 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
M 65 Galaxy 9.2 11h 19m 12.8s +13° 03' 41" Leo
M 66 Galaxy 8.9 11h 20m 32.2s +12° 57' 38" Leo
M 68 Globular Cluster 7.3 12h 39m 45.0s -26° 46' 15" Hydra
M 95 Galaxy 9.8 10h 44m 15.1s +11° 40' 32" Leo
M 96 Galaxy 9.3 10h 47m 03.1s +11° 47' 31" Leo
M 104 Galaxy 8.3 12h 40m 16.0s -11° 39' 07" Virgo
M 105 Galaxy 9.5 10h 48m 06.9s +12° 33' 11" Leo
IC 2602 Open Cluster 1.6 10h 43m 09.1s -64° 25' 13" Carina
NGC 3228 Open Cluster 6 10h 21m 35.5s -51° 44' 54" Vela
NGC 3372 Bright Nebula 3 10h 44m 03.3s -59° 53' 35" Carina
NGC 3521 Galaxy 9.2 11h 06m 05.5s -00° 03' 57" Leo
NGC 3532 Open Cluster 3 11h 05m 44.4s -58° 45' 37" Carina
NGC 3766 Open Cluster 5.3 11h 36m 30.0s -61° 38' 14" Centaurus
eta Carinae Star 6.5 10h 45m 16.9s -59° 42' 39" Carina
NGC 3918 Planetary Nebula 8.1 11h 50m 34.1s -57° 12' 34" Centaurus
NGC 3621 Galaxy 9.4 11h 18m 31.6s -32° 50' 22" Hydra
NGC 3628 Galaxy 9.6 11h 20m 33.9s +13° 33' 38" Leo
Medium
Copeland's Septet Galaxy Group - 11h 38m 01.8s +21° 59' 27" Leo
NGC 3158 Galaxy Group 11.9 10h 14m 10.4s +38° 44' 24" Leo Minor
NGC 3227 Galaxy 10.4 10h 23m 48.4s +19° 50' 19" Leo
Fleming 1 Planetary Nebula 11.4 11h 28m 51.5s -52° 57' 39" Centaurus
NGC 3190 Galaxy Group 11.2 10h 18m 22.4s +21° 48' 22" Leo
NGC 3193 Galaxy 10.8 10h 18m 43.0s +21° 52' 04" Leo
NGC 3195 Planetary Nebula 11.6 10h 09m 22.0s -80° 52' 57" Chamaeleon
NGC 3245 Galaxy 10.7 10h 27m 36.9s +28° 28' 52" Leo Minor
NGC 3489 Galaxy 10.2 11h 00m 35.7s +13° 52' 20" Leo
NGC 3511 Galaxy 10.8 11h 03m 39.6s -23° 06' 52" Crater
NGC 3585 Galaxy 9.9 11h 13m 33.2s -26° 47' 00" Hydra
NGC 3606 Galaxy 12.4 11h 16m 31.3s -33° 51' 20" Hydra
NGC 3607 Galaxy Group 9.9 11h 17m 11.9s +18° 01' 22" Leo
NGC 3783 Galaxy 11.6 11h 39m 17.7s -37° 46' 00" Centaurus
NGC 3887 Galaxy 10.6 11h 47m 21.0s -16° 53' 00" Crater
NGC 4038 Galaxy 10.3 12h 02m 09.3s -18° 53' 38" Corvus
NGC 4039 Galaxy 10.4 12h 02m 10.3s -18° 54' 54" Corvus
NGC 4105 Galaxy 10.5 12h 06m 57.2s -29° 47' 20" Hydra
NGC 4112 Galaxy 12 12h 07m 25.9s -40° 14' 10" Centaurus
NGC 4361 Planetary Nebula 10.9 12h 24m 47.5s -18° 48' 48" Corvus
NGC 4782 Galaxy 11.7 12h 54m 52.5s -12° 35' 54" Corvus
Hard
NGC 3254 Galaxy 11.6 10h 29m 38.6s +29° 27' 55" Leo Minor
NGC 3309 Galaxy Group 11.6 10h 36m 51.1s -27° 32' 40" Hydra
NGC 3311 Galaxy 11.6 10h 36m 58.1s -27° 33' 21" Hydra
NGC 3344 Galaxy 9.7 10h 43m 49.1s +24° 53' 42" Leo Minor
NGC 3347 Galaxy 11.4 10h 43m 01.6s -36° 22' 50" Antlia
NGC 3395 Galaxy 12 10h 50m 14.3s +32° 57' 45" Leo Minor
NGC 3430 Galaxy 11.5 10h 52m 30.1s +32° 55' 21" Leo Minor
NGC 3432 Galaxy 11.1 10h 52m 49.9s +36° 35' 27" Leo Minor
NGC 3581 Bright Nebula 11h 12m 16.4s -61° 19' 43" Carina
NGC 3666 Galaxy 11.7 11h 24m 43.3s +11° 18' 45" Leo
NGC 3672 Galaxy 11.4 11h 25m 18.8s -09° 49' 26" Crater
NGC 3705 Galaxy 11 11h 30m 24.6s +09° 14' 47" Leo
NGC 3717 Galaxy 11.4 11h 31m 48.1s -30° 20' 13" Hydra
NGC 3810 Galaxy 10.6 11h 41m 15.5s +11° 26' 24" Leo
NGC 3822 Galaxy Group 12.8 11h 42m 28.0s +10° 14' 52" Virgo
NGC 3966 Galaxy 12.9 11h 57m 01.5s +31° 59' 26" Ursa Major
NGC 3995 Galaxy 12.1 11h 58m 01.3s +32° 15' 44" Ursa Major
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Updated 23rd July 2007