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Open clusters NGC 2266 and NGC 2331, barred spiral galaxy NGC 2336, and emission nebula Sharpless 2–301

January 26–February 2, 2012: Open clusters NGC 2266 and NGC 2331 in Gemini offer small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out barred spiral galaxy NGC 2336 in Camelopardalis and emission nebula Sharples 2–301 in Canis Major.
RELATED TOPICS: NEBULAE | GALAXIES | OPEN CLUSTERS
Camelopardalis
Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2336 sits in a star-poor region, so no easy signpost lies nearby. Find it by heading 15° north-northeast of magnitude 4.6 Gamma (γ) Camelopardalis.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three or more objects or events you can see in the sky.

Targets for January 26–February 2, 2012

Small telescope: Open clusters NGC 2266 and NGC 2331
Large telescope: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2336
Large telescope: Emission nebula Sharpless 2–301

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