Observing podcast: Optical double star Mizar and Alcor, the Sombrero Galaxy, and elliptical galaxy M60
May 13-20, 2010: The optical double star Mizar and Alcor is a nice target for beginners, while the Sombrero Galaxy and elliptical galaxy M60 provide nice targets for telescope owners.
May 13, 2010
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.
This star map will help you navigate your way through the Big Dipper.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
In each episode, Michael highlights:
- One object you can see without any optical aid
- One object you can see with a small (4-inch) telescope
- One object you can see with at least an 8-inch telescope
Targets for May 13-20, 2010
Naked eye: Optical double star Mizar and Alcor
Small telescope: Sombrero Galaxy
8-inch or larger telescope: Elliptical galaxy M60
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