Open cluster NGC 1857, the Crystal Ball Nebula (NGC 1514), and dark nebula Barnard 29

December 31, 2015–January 7, 2016: Open cluster NGC 1857 in Auriga and the Crystal Ball Nebula (NGC 1514) in Taurus offer small-telescope owners nice views, while large-telescope owners can seek out the dark nebula Barnard 29 in Auriga.
By | Published: December 30, 2015 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Two of this week’s observing targets, open cluster NGC 1857 and dark nebula Barnard 29, lie in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky. 

Targets for December 31, 2015–January 7, 2016
Small telescope: 
Open cluster NGC 1857
Small telescopeThe Crystal Ball Nebula (NGC 1514)
Large telescope: Dark nebula Barnard 29