October 2011

Info on targets that are in good positions for observing each month


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October 2011

Postby Dion » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:13 pm


October Sky Guide 2011

Full moon on the 12th, new moon on the 26th.
The Draconids peak on the 8th and the Orionids peak on the 21st


Mercury is too close to the sun for safe observation this month.

Venus just beginning to come into view in Libra for a short time after sunset at the end of the month.

Mars rising shortly after 1am in Cancer early in the month before crossing into Leo after the 20th.

Jupiter viewable in Aries through the month

Saturn is poorly placed during October and not really viewable.

Comets visible this month (to mag 12)

P/2006 T1 Levy in Andromeda
C/2010 X1 Elenin in Leo
Garradd (2009 P1) will be visible in Hercules

ISS Passes

There will be ISS passes in the early morning at the beginning of the month and in the evening at the end.
For 10 day listings for your location please check http://www.heavens-above.com (free registration required).

Deep Sky

Best deep sky imaging is from the 1st to the 4th and from the 20th on.

October is a good month to attempt the galaxies M31 and M33 before the winter targets get higher and attention is drawn to them. For those still up at a later hour M1 makes a good target for those with a small fov with M45 being ideal for those at the opposite end of the scale. M52 will also make a good target as it's high and out of the way of the murk lower in the sky..

And almost forgot... BST ends on the 30th October at 1am - bring on the dark nights :clap:

reproduced with the kind permission of UKAI

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