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.
January 26, 2012
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.
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.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
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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