May Observing List
 
   
     
     
   

A slight change from a normal observing list format.

The following list is large. It contains 113 objects that belong to a strip of sky that contains the Virgo galaxy cluster, Coma Berenices galaxies down to Canes Venatici. The task of having to generate a list for this area of the sky has been difficult. All of the objects on the list will be within the observing limits of an 8 inch telescope. The sheer abundance of galaxies in this list is the challenge, not the difficulty factor. For those of you with larger scopes, the objects in this list present a challenge also. Many of the galaxies have good detail when a large aperture telescope is employed. Just see what subtle detail you can see in objects such as M61, M64 & NGC4565.

The list is in order of the most northern objects at the top and the most southern of the list at the bottom. The objects at the top spend not much time above the northern horizon, so I suggest that you attempt to observe these first.

The easier of the objects are in yellow, so that the binocular and small telescope users can sift the objects to go for the cream of the crop. These objects are from the Messier and Caldwell catalogs.

You'll do well to get through these objects in one month, but if good clear skies join us in May, you should be able to make good progress. Many of these objects, especially the members of the Virgo cluster will be up for months to come.

No southern hemisphere objects in this months list, the Southern hemisphere objects will return next month.

Good luck.

M 61

NGC 4565

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
           
NGC 4449 Galaxy 9.4 12h 28m 28.4s +44° 04' 02" Canes Venatici
M 63 Galaxy 8.5 13h 16m 05.0s +42° 00' 19" Canes Venatici
NGC 4490 Galaxy 9.5 12h 30m 53.1s +41° 36' 53" Canes Venatici
NGC 4618 Galaxy 10.6 12h 41m 49.8s +41° 07' 23" Canes Venatici
M 94 Galaxy 8.1 12h 51m 09.7s +41° 05' 36" Canes Venatici
NGC 4244 Galaxy 10.0 12h 17m 47.1s +37° 46' 47" Canes Venatici
NGC 4868 Galaxy 12.2 12h 59m 25.4s +37° 16' 53" Canes Venatici
NGC 5005 Galaxy 9.8 13h 11m 12.3s +37° 01' 50" Canes Venatici
NGC 5033 Galaxy 10.0 13h 13m 44.2s +36° 33' 55" Canes Venatici
NGC 4631 Galaxy 9.0 12h 42m 24.4s +32° 30' 47" Canes Venatici
NGC 4656 Galaxy 10.1 12h 44m 14.8s +32° 08' 28" Canes Venatici
NGC 4414 Galaxy 10.3 12h 26m 44.1s +31° 11' 42" Coma Berenices
NGC 4150 Galaxy 11.4 12h 10m 50.8s +30° 22' 24" Coma Berenices
NGC 4314 Galaxy 10.5 12h 22m 48.8s +29° 52' 02" Coma Berenices
NGC 4274 Galaxy 10.5 12h 20m 07.9s +29° 35' 06" Coma Berenices
NGC 4245 Galaxy 11.4 12h 17m 54.0s +29° 34' 44" Coma Berenices
NGC 4278 Galaxy 10.1 12h 20m 23.8s +29° 15' 06" Coma Berenices
NGC 4310 Galaxy 12.4 12h 22m 43.4s +29° 10' 46" Coma Berenices
NGC 4169 Galaxy 12.2 12h 12m 35.9s +29° 09' 03" Coma Berenices
NGC 4448 Galaxy 11.2 12h 28m 32.5s +28° 35' 33" Coma Berenices
NGC 4251 Galaxy 10.6 12h 18m 25.5s +28° 08' 48" Coma Berenices
NGC 4889 Galaxy 11.5 13h 00m 24.9s +27° 56' 52" Coma Berenices
NGC 4559 Galaxy 9.6 12h 36m 14.7s +27° 55' 51" Coma Berenices
Mel 111 Open Cluster 1.8 12h 25m 17.0s +25° 58' 16" Coma Berenices
NGC 4565 Galaxy 9.5 12h 36m 37.4s +25° 57' 32" Coma Berenices
NGC 4494 Galaxy 9.7 12h 31m 41.0s +25° 44' 47" Coma Berenices
NGC 4725 Galaxy 9.3 12h 50m 43.2s +25° 28' 16" Coma Berenices
NGC 4455 Galaxy 12.4 12h 29m 00.9s +22° 47' 31" Coma Berenices
M 64 Galaxy 8.5 12h 57m 00.5s +21° 39' 14" Coma Berenices
NGC 4147 Globular Cluster 10.4 12h 10m 23.2s +18° 30' 47" Coma Berenices
NGC 4293 Galaxy 10.3 12h 21m 29.9s +18° 21' 12" Coma Berenices
M 85 Galaxy 9.1 12h 25m 40.8s +18° 09' 41" Coma Berenices
M 53 Globular Cluster 7.7 13h 13m 11.9s +18° 08' 27" Coma Berenices
NGC 5053 Globular Cluster 9.0 13h 16m 43.6s +17° 40' 11" Coma Berenices
NGC 4450 Galaxy 10.1 12h 28m 46.2s +17° 03' 17" Coma Berenices
NGC 4350 Galaxy 11.0 12h 24m 14.8s +16° 39' 50" Coma Berenices
M 100 Galaxy 9.3 12h 23m 11.9s +15° 47' 35" Coma Berenices
NGC 4540 Galaxy 11.8 12h 35m 07.8s +15° 31' 17" Coma Berenices
NGC 4237 Galaxy 11.8 12h 17m 28.4s +15° 17' 37" Coma Berenices
NGC 4710 Galaxy 11.0 12h 49m 55.5s +15° 08' 07" Coma Berenices
NGC 4419 Galaxy 11.2 12h 27m 13.3s +15° 01' 05" Coma Berenices
M 98 Galaxy 10.1 12h 14m 04.8s +14° 52' 11" Coma Berenices
NGC 4262 Galaxy 11.5 12h 19m 47.6s +14° 50' 53" Coma Berenices
NGC 4298 Galaxy 11.4 12h 21m 49.9s +14° 34' 37" Coma Berenices
M 91 Galaxy 10.1 12h 35m 43.3s +14° 28' 00" Coma Berenices
M 88 Galaxy 9.4 12h 32m 15.9s +14° 23' 24" Coma Berenices
M 99 Galaxy 9.7 12h 19m 06.3s +14° 23' 16" Coma Berenices
NGC 4571 Galaxy 11.2 12h 37m 13.3s +14° 11' 16" Coma Berenices
NGC 4866 Galaxy 11.1 12h 59m 43.8s +14° 08' 31" Virgo
NGC 4474 Galaxy 11.5 12h 30m 10.2s +14° 02' 20" Coma Berenices
NGC 4459 Galaxy 10.4 12h 29m 16.9s +13° 56' 56" Coma Berenices
NGC 4208 Galaxy 11.1 12h 15m 56.2s +13° 52' 20" Coma Berenices
NGC 4689 Galaxy 10.7 12h 48m 02.6s +13° 43' 57" Coma Berenices
NGC 4473 Galaxy 10.2 12h 30m 05.6s +13° 24' 00" Coma Berenices
NGC 4458 Galaxy 11.8 12h 29m 14.6s +13° 12' 45" Virgo
NGC 4461 Galaxy 11.1 12h 29m 19.8s +13° 09' 17" Virgo
M 90 Galaxy 9.4 12h 37m 06.9s +13° 08' 03" Virgo
NGC 4216 Galaxy 10.3 12h 16m 11.0s +13° 07' 05" Virgo
NGC 4654 Galaxy 10.4 12h 44m 13.4s +13° 05' 48" Virgo
NGC 4402 Galaxy 11.8 12h 26m 24.7s +13° 05' 00" Virgo
NGC 4435 Galaxy 10.8 12h 27m 57.4s +13° 03' 00" Virgo
M 86 Galaxy 8.9 12h 26m 28.4s +12° 55' 00" Virgo
M 84 Galaxy 9.2 12h 25m 20.5s +12° 51' 26" Virgo
NGC 4387 Galaxy 12.0 12h 25m 58.6s +12° 46' 50" Virgo
NGC 4388 Galaxy 11.0 12h 26m 03.8s +12° 37' 56" Virgo
M 89 Galaxy 9.9 12h 35m 56.8s +12° 31' 35" Virgo
M 87 Galaxy 8.6 12h 31m 06.3s +12° 21' 39" Virgo
NGC 4478 Galaxy 11.4 12h 30m 34.2s +12° 17' 56" Virgo
NGC 4550 Galaxy 11.5 12h 35m 47.5s +12° 11' 28" Virgo
NGC 4746 Galaxy 11.9 12h 52m 12.1s +12° 03' 12" Virgo
M 58 Galaxy 9.6 12h 38m 00.6s +11° 47' 19" Virgo
NGC 4452 Galaxy 11.9 12h 29m 00.2s +11° 43' 30" Virgo
NGC 4371 Galaxy 11.0 12h 25m 12.3s +11° 40' 27" Virgo
M 59 Galaxy 9.7 12h 42m 19.1s +11° 37' 03" Virgo
M 60 Galaxy 8.8 12h 43m 56.7s +11° 31' 24" Virgo
NGC 4638 Galaxy 11.1 12h 43m 04.2s +11° 24' 46" Virgo
NGC 4754 Galaxy 10.5 12h 52m 34.5s +11° 17' 03" Virgo
NGC 4762 Galaxy 10.1 12h 53m 12.8s +11° 12' 03" Virgo
NGC 4660 Galaxy 11.2 12h 44m 48.7s +11° 09' 39" Virgo
NGC 4429 Galaxy 10.2 12h 27m 43.2s +11° 04' 39" Virgo
NGC 4694 Galaxy 11.1 12h 48m 31.8s +10° 57' 15" Virgo
NGC 4733 Galaxy 11.7 12h 51m 23.6s +10° 52' 56" Virgo
NGC 4596 Galaxy 10.5 12h 40m 12.9s +10° 08' 47" Virgo
NGC 4442 Galaxy 10.4 12h 28m 20.8s +09° 46' 26" Virgo
NGC 4417 Galaxy 11.1 12h 27m 07.3s +09° 33' 16" Virgo
NGC 4307 Galaxy 12.1 12h 22m 22.1s +09° 00' 43" Virgo
NGC 4698 Galaxy 10.7 12h 48m 39.9s +08° 27' 30" Virgo
NGC 4535 Galaxy 9.8 12h 34m 37.1s +08° 10' 03" Virgo
NGC 4464 Galaxy 12.8 12h 29m 38.1s +08° 07' 37" Virgo
NGC 4795 Galaxy 12.2 12h 55m 19.7s +08° 02' 11" Virgo
M 49 Galaxy 8.3 12h 30m 03.6s +07° 58' 12" Virgo
NGC 4470 Galaxy 12.2 12h 29m 54.8s +07° 47' 38" Virgo
NGC 4526 Galaxy 9.6 12h 34m 19.7s +07° 40' 08" Virgo
NGC 4623 Galaxy 11.9 12h 42m 27.5s +07° 38' 47" Virgo
NGC 4224 Galaxy 12.0 12h 16m 50.8s +07° 25' 55" Virgo
NGC 4365 Galaxy 9.6 12h 24m 45.1s +07° 17' 14" Virgo
NGC 4570 Galaxy 10.8 12h 37m 10.1s +07° 13' 01" Virgo
NGC 4235 Galaxy 11.7 12h 17m 26.6s +07° 09' 38" Virgo
NGC 4342 Galaxy 12.2 12h 23m 56.0s +07° 01' 27" Virgo
NGC 4343 Galaxy 12.4 12h 23m 55.6s +06° 55' 27" Virgo
NGC 4532 Galaxy 11.7 12h 34m 36.2s +06° 26' 13" Virgo
NGC 4339 Galaxy 11.3 12h 23m 51.8s +06° 03' 06" Virgo
NGC 4270 Galaxy 12.1 12h 20m 06.3s +05° 25' 59" Virgo
NGC 4268 Galaxy 12.3 12h 20m 04.0s +05° 15' 14" Virgo
NGC 4324 Galaxy 11.6 12h 23m 22.9s +05° 13' 11" Virgo
M 61 Galaxy 9.3 12h 22m 11.8s +04° 26' 33" Virgo
NGC 4457 Galaxy 10.8 12h 29m 15.9s +03° 32' 27" Virgo
NGC 4600 Galaxy 12.6 12h 40m 39.9s +03° 05' 15" Virgo
NGC 4527 Galaxy 10.5 12h 34m 25.8s +02° 37' 23" Virgo
NGC 4409 Galaxy 12.0 12h 27m 15.4s +02° 27' 49" Virgo
NGC 4536 Galaxy 10.3 12h 34m 43.9s +02° 09' 24" Virgo
NGC 4179 Galaxy 10.9 12h 13m 09.0s +01° 16' 09" Virgo
NGC 4517 Galaxy 10.5 12h 33m 02.6s +00° 05' 06" Virgo
           
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Updated 23rd July 2007