Observing podcast: Belt of Venus, the Magic Carpet Nebula, and emission nebula IC 1396
September 2-9, 2010: The Belt of Venus makes a nice target for beginning observers, while the Magic Carpet Nebula and emission nebula IC 1396 provide nice targets for telescope owners.
September 2, 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.
Eastern Cygnus offers observers several worthwhile targets, including the rapidly moving doublestar 51 Cygni and the bright planetary nebula NGC 7027.
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 September 2-9, 2010
Naked eye: Belt of Venus
Small telescope: Magic Carpet Nebula
8-inch or larger telescope: Emission nebula IC 1396
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