Open clusters are a real treat, especially when they provide views that can spark our imagination, making them memorable by the shapes they form. A great example is NGC 2169 in Orion, which lies about 50' south-southeast of magnitude 4.4 Nu (ν) Orionis. This little gem, packed full of colorful single and double stars and patterns, measures 5' by 7'. From a sketcher’s perspective, ...
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June 2013: We have never had a better opportunity to safely observe the Sun from the comfort of our backyards.
Published: April 22, 2013 //
April 2013: Because distant star systems often are small with low surface brightnesses and subtle details, choose less complex targets to begin with, such as NGC 3893 and NGC 3896, as well as NGC 6690.
Published: February 25, 2013 //
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