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Pre-built Observer Lists

These pre-built Observer Lists were made with NexStar Observer List (NSOL).  They are designed to help you organize an observing session.  You can either connect your computer to your telescope and use NSOL to direct your scope to each object on the list or you can simply print the lists and use the paper copies out under the stars.

Download and unzip into the data folder for NSOL - generally C:\Program Files\NSObserverList\Data or the location you specified in Setup on the Tools menu.

The NexStar 50 Club Objects
All 46 of the deep sky objects in the NexStar 50 List organized by 2-month periods (Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, etc.).  Visit the NexStar 50 Club web site for more information on this list.

The Herschel 400 Objects
After completing the Messier catalog, many observers turn to this list of 400 deep sky objects compiled by the Ancient City Astronomy Club from William Herschel's catalog of DSOs.  The 6 lists presented here are organized by 2-month periods.

The Caroline Herschel Objects
These two pre-built observer lists contain the 12 deep sky objects attributed to Caroline Herschel, William's sister.  The objects are organized into a list of objects best viewed in the spring and another of objects best viewed in the fall.

The Dunlop 100 Objects
These four pre-built observer lists (one for each season) contain the 100 best deep sky objects from the Dunlop catalog.  These objects are primarily visible to observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy
A pre-built observer list of 56 DSOs and double stars in the constellations around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.  Suitable for Northern or Southern Hemisphere observers during the summer months.
Cygnus, Lyra and the Mighty Hercules
A pre-built observer list of 29 DSOs and double stars in the area of the sky highlighted by these constellations.  Suitable for Northern Hemisphere observers during the summer months.
Double Stars for Northern Hemisphere Observers
Four pre-built observers lists (one for each season) of the best double stars visible in the Northern Hemisphere.
Double Stars for Southern Hemisphere Observers
Four pre-built observers lists (one for each season) of the best double stars visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Pegasus, Perseus and Pisces
A pre-built observer list of 35 DSOs and double stars in the area of the sky highlighted by these constellations.  Suitable for Northern Hemisphere observers during the autumn months.
Orion the Hunter and His Entourage
A pre-built observer list of 51 DSOs and double stars in the area of the sky highlighted by the constellations Orion, Taurus, Canis Minor, Monoceros and Gemini.  Suitable for Northern and Southern Hemisphere observers during the months from December through February.
Ted Kurkowski's Interesting Variable Stars for the Northern Hemisphere
Four pre-built observer lists (one for each season) of more than 90 of the best variable stars available to observers in the Northern Hemisphere.  Ted has provided a lot of great additional information for these stars that is not easily accessible directly in NSOL, so click here to download his original list with full comments (Excel and PDF format).  Also, be sure to visit Ted's web site - www.sctscopes.net - to download additional lists including Ted's list of 1200 favorite objects (these are not NSOL lists).
Ted Kurkowski's Dark Nebulae and Other Interesting Objects
Two pre-built observer lists (one for winter, one for summer) of 18 objects not found in the common DSO catalogs.  Dark nebulae and two quasars (one is the most distant object visible in amateur telescopes) highlight the list.  Again Ted has provided additional information that is not easily accessible directly in NSOL, so click here to download his original list with full comments (Excel and PDF format).
Kevin Alton's List of Carbon (Red) Stars
Four pre-built observer lists (one for each season) of 145 of the best variable carbon stars.
Stars Outside Our Solar System with Orbiting Planets (Exoplanets)
Submitted by Robert Brenner, four pre-built observers lists (one for each season) of stars with known exoplanets.  Note that some of these stars will not be visible in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

 


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