Globular cluster NGC 2808, elliptical galaxy NGC 2986, and the Sextans Dwarf
March 15–March 22, 2012: Globular cluster NGC 2808 in Carina offers small-telescope owners a nice view, while large-telescope owners can seek out elliptical galaxy NGC 2986 in Hydra and the Sextans Dwarf.
March 15, 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.
NGC 2808 — the sky’s 10th-brightest globular cluster — is visible to sharp-eyed observers under a dark sky without optical aid. It lies in an incredible star field 3.7° west of magnitude 3.1 Upsilon (υ) Carinae.
Photo by Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Targets for March 15–22, 2012
Small telescope: Globular cluster NGC 2808
Large telescope: Elliptical galaxy NGC 2986
Large telescope: The Sextans Dwarf
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