December 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
Hyades Open Cluster 0.5 04h 27m 21.3s +16° 00' 57" Taurus
M 36 Open Cluster 6 05h 36m 42.4s +34° 08' 47" Auriga
M 37 Open Cluster 5.6 05h 52m 42.7s +32° 33' 22" Auriga
M 38 Open Cluster 6.4 05h 29m 07.5s +35° 51' 42" Auriga
M 42 Bright Nebula 4 05h 35m 35.6s -05° 23' 00" Orion
M 43 Bright Nebula 9 05h 35m 49.8s -05° 15' 39" Orion
M 78 Bright Nebula 8 05h 47m 05.0s +00° 04' 28" Orion
M 79 Globular Cluster 7.7 05h 24m 26.5s -24° 30' 54" Lepus
NGC 1647 Open Cluster 6.4 04h 46m 03.8s +19° 07' 48" Taurus
NGC 1851 Globular Cluster 7.1 05h 14m 19.7s -40° 02' 12" Columba
NGC 1981 Open Cluster 4.2 05h 35m 28.1s -04° 25' 05" Orion
Cr 70 Open Cluster 0.4 05h 36m 19.1s -00° 59' 36" Orion
Medium
M 1 Supernova Remnant 8.4 05h 34m 54.3s +22° 01' 14" Taurus
NGC 1514 Planetary Nebula 10.9 04h 09m 40.4s +30° 47' 41" Taurus
NGC 1527 Galaxy 10.7 04h 08m 36.7s -47° 52' 46" Horologium
NGC 1535 Planetary Nebula 9.6 04h 14m 33.6s -12° 43' 18" Eridanus
NGC 1543 Galaxy 10.3 04h 12m 53.0s -57° 43' 14" Reticulum
NGC 1553 Galaxy 9 04h 16m 21.0s -55° 45' 47" Dorado
NGC 1559 Galaxy 10.4 04h 17m 44.4s -62° 46' 04" Reticulum
NGC 1617 Galaxy 10.5 04h 31m 49.9s -54° 35' 14" Dorado
NGC 1788 Bright Nebula - 05h 07m 12.0s -03° 19' 50" Orion
NGC 1792 Galaxy 10 05h 05m 27.6s -37° 58' 07" Columba
NGC 1808 Galaxy 9.9 05h 07m 56.4s -37° 30' 09" Columba
NGC 1832 Galaxy 11.3 05h 12m 20.2s -15° 40' 44" Lepus
NGC 1931 Open Cluster 10.1 05h 31m 50.4s +34° 15' 05" Auriga
NGC 1964 Galaxy 10.8 05h 33m 38.0s -21° 56' 16" Lepus
NGC 1980 Bright Nebula - 05h 35m 44.2s -05° 54' 12" Orion
NGC 2022 Planetary Nebula 11.6 05h 42m 26.7s +09° 05' 32" Orion
IC 418 Planetary Nebula 9.3 05h 27m 45.9s -12° 41' 19" Lepus
Hard
NGC 1512 Galaxy 10.2 04h 04m 07.6s -43° 19' 52" Horologium
NGC 1515 Galaxy 11.3 04h 04m 13.3s -54° 04' 57" Dorado
NGC 1518 Galaxy 11.7 04h 07m 05.8s -21° 09' 41" Eridanus
NGC 1521 Galaxy 11.6 04h 08m 35.5s -21° 02' 02" Eridanus
NGC 1532 Galaxy 9.8 04h 12m 19.0s -32° 51' 21" Eridanus
NGC 1555 Bright Nebula - 04h 22m 18.5s +19° 33' 04" Taurus
NGC 1566 Galaxy 9.4 04h 20m 11.1s -54° 55' 17" Dorado
NGC 1579 Bright Nebula - 04h 30m 38.7s +35° 17' 42" Perseus
NGC 1600 Galaxy 11 04h 31m 58.6s -05° 04' 19" Eridanus
NGC 1637 Galaxy 10.8 04h 41m 47.1s -02° 50' 38" Eridanus
NGC 1672 Galaxy 9.7 04h 45m 51.3s -59° 14' 05" Dorado
NGC 1679 Galaxy 11.4 04h 50m 10.5s -31° 57' 16" Caelum
NGC 1688 Galaxy 11.6 04h 48m 31.7s -59° 47' 14" Dorado
NGC 2024 Bright Nebula - 05h 42m 01.5s -01° 50' 22" Orion
NGC 2090 Galaxy 11.3 05h 47m 15.8s -34° 14' 42" Columba
NGC 2139 Galaxy 11.6 06h 01m 23.9s -23° 40' 08" Lepus
IC 405 Bright Nebula 10 05h 16m 54.1s +34° 21' 53" Auriga
B 33 Dark Nebula - 05h 41m 12.9s -02° 27' 38" Orion
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Updated 23rd July 2007