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September 19-26, 2008: Venus, the Dumbbell Nebula, and NGC 7006

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.
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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 19-26, 2008
    Naked eye: Venus
    Small telescope: The Dumbbell Nebula, M27
    8-inch or larger telescope: NGC 7006
Listen to the podcast:
You can read the episode's transcript at the Astronomy.com blog. The transcript contains additional links to resources within Astronomy.com to help your observing.

After you listen to the podcast and try to find the objects, be sure to share your observing experiences with us by leaving a comment at the blog or in the Reader forums.

If you would like to subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, click here.
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