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Name RA Dec Mag Size Sep/PosAng Type Const Comments
M110 0h40.4 +41°41' 8 17.4   Gal And Messier 110 is one of two companion galaxies to the Andromeda Galaxy, M31.  M110, also called NGC 205 is an elliptical galaxy containing many young O and B type stars that lies just north-west of M31 and M32. Diameter = 12,000 LY.
Andromeda Galaxy 0h42.7 +41°16' 3.5 178   Gal And M31 is the closest spiral galaxy to Earth. Spanning 3 degrees across, the Andromeda galaxy is the farthest object that can be seen with the naked eye. Distance  =  2.8 mil LY.  Diameter  =  180,000 LY.
M32 0h42.7 +40°52' 8.2 7.6   Gal And A companion to the Great Andromeda Galaxy, M32 is an elliptical galaxy composed of old faint red and yellow stars. M32 has a total mass of only 2 billion suns. Distance = 6,000 LY.
Sculptor Galaxy 0h47.6 -25°17' 7.1 25.1   Gal Scl NGC 253 is the brightest member of the Sculptor Galaxy Cluster and is very similar in size to our Milky Way.  NGC 253 has a total luminosity of 5 billion suns. Distance = 7.5 million LY. Diameter = 70,000 LY
Eta Cas 0h49 +57°49.4' 3.6   12" / 312° Dbl Star Cas Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Psi Piscium 1h5.7 +21°28.4' 5.5   30" / 159° Dbl Star Psc Double star with equal magnitudes.
Zeta Piscium 1h13.7 +7°34.6' 5.6   23" / 63° Dbl Star Psc Double star
M103 1h33.2 +60°42' 7.4 6   OC Cas M103 (NGC 581) is an attractive open cluster of approximately 50 moderately bright stars arranged in a triangular pattern. Distance = 9,200 LY.  Diameter = 15 LY.
Pinwheel 1h33.9 +30°39' 5.7 62   Gal Tri M33 (NGC 598) is a large spiral galaxy structure with bright knots of dust and gas. Next to the Andromeda Galaxy, it is the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way.  Distance  =  3 mil LY.  Diameter  =  60,000 LY
M74 1h36.7 +15°47' 9.2 10.2   Gal Psc With its bright central core and faint spiral arms, M74 (NGC 628) resembles an unresolved globular cluster more than it does a galaxy.  However, M74 is a faint face-on galaxy that is nearly the same size as the Milky Way Galaxy. Distance = 40 million LY.
Kite Cluster 1h40 +58°30'       Ast Cas A diamond shaped pattern of stars resembling a 'kite' with a string of 5 stars making up the tail.
Little Dumbbell 1h42.3 +51°34' 12 4.8   PN Per M76 is an hour glass shaped planetary nebula that is called 'the Little Dumbbell' due to its resemblance to M27 in the constellation Vulpecula.
Gamma Ari 1h53.5 +19°17.8' 4.8   8" / 360° Dbl Star Ari Double star with equal magnitudes.
Triangle Clust 1h54 +37°30'       Ast And A long string of stars leading to an isosceles triangle situated near the bright open cluster NGC 752.
Lamda Ari 1h57.9 +23°35.8' 4.8   38" / 47° Dbl Star Ari Double star
Almach 2h3.9 +42°19.9' 5.1   10" / 63° Dbl Star And Colored double star. Gamma Andromeda
Double Cluster 2h19 +57°9' 4 30   OC Per The Double Cluster is two open clusters visible to the naked eye, each with a diameter of about 70 LY. Both clusters are very young. NGC 884 is 8,500 LY in distance and 11.5 million years old. NGC 869 is 7,000 LY away and 6.4 million years old.
NGC 891 2h22.6 +42°21' 10 13.5   Gal And Edge-on spiral galaxy with prominent ban of dark interstellar matter along the galactic plane.  Distance = 43 million LY.  Diameter = 120,000 LY.
Polaris 2h31.6 +89°15.9' 2.1   18" / 218° Dbl Star Umi Double star
30 Aries 2h37 +24°38.9' 6.6   39" / 274° Dbl Star Ari Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
M34 2h42 +42°47' 5.2 35   OC Per M34 (NGC 1039) is approx. 180 million years old and has twenty bright stars in a 10 arc minute area surrounded by a few dozen fainter member stars. Distance = 1,500 LY.  Diameter = 4 LY.
M77 2h42.7 0°-1' 8.8 6.9   Gal Cet M77(NGC 1068) is a classic example of a Seyfert galaxy with a bright nucleus, which produces strong radio emissions.  M77 is four times as luminous as our Milky Way. Distance = 65 million LY.
Gamma Cet 2h43.3 +3°14.3' 3.6   2.7" / 297° Dbl Star Cet Double star
Acamar 2h58.3 -40°18.3' 4.4   8" / 82° Dbl Star Eri Double star. Theta Eridani
Perseus Cluster 3h28 +49°0'       Ast Per Called the Perseus Moving Cluster this Ast is a large association of over 50 stars scattered across 3 degrees of the constellation Perseus. All stars visible are bright, very young hot star dating back only about 50 million years.
Pleiades 3h47.5 +24°7.2'   89   OC Tau The Pleiades (M45) is one of the most beautiful open clusters in the sky.  The nine brightest stars are concentrated in a field just over one degree in diameter and the cluster's actual diameter is about 7 light-years across.  The Pleiades lie at a distances of 410 light-years, and have a total luminosity of 4,800 suns. The Pleiades are some 70 million year old.
32 Eri 3h54.3 -2°57.3' 5   7" / 347° Dbl Star Eri Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Kembles Cascade 3h57 +63°0'       Ast Cam Long strand of 5th to 8th magnitude stars stretching over 2 degrees. Continuing southeast from the cluster will lead to the open cluster NGC 1502.
Hinds Var Neb 4h22.9 +19°32'       Neb Tau Very faint reflection nebula.
Hyades 4h27 +16°0.5'       OC Tau A very close open cluster with a triangular shape forming the head of the bull of the constellation Taurus. The brightest visible star, Aldebaran, is not actually part of the Hyades, but is shinning in front of the cluster.  Distance = 150 LY.  Diameter = 12 LY.
Rigel 5h14.5 -8°12.1' 0.3   9" / 203° Dbl Star Ori Double star with magnitude contrast. Beta Orionis
Little Fish 5h18 +33°30'       Ast Aur More than a dozen stars make up this cluster which covers an area of 30' x 75' across
M79 5h24.5 -24°33' 8 8.7   GC Lep M79 (NGC 1904) is a bright globular cluster with a large, dense core surrounded by a 7' diameter halo of much looser stars.  Distance = 41,000 LY.
M38 5h28.7 +35°50' 6.4 21   OC Aur M38 (NGC 1912) is a large, rich irregular shaped cluster with hundreds of members.  Some of the brightest member stars have a luminosity of 100 of our suns or more.  Distance = 4,200 LY.  Diameter = 25 LY.
Mintaka 5h32 0°-17.9' 2.5   53" / ° Dbl Star Ori Double star with magnitude contrast. Delta Orionis
Crab Nebula 5h34.5 +22°1' 8.4 6   SR Tau The Crab Nebula (M1) is a supernova remnant that was recorded by the Chinese in the year 1054.  At its brightest, it was visible even in the daytime and cast a shadow in the nighttime. Distance = 6,500 LY.   Diameter = 10 LY.
Orion Nebula 5h35.4 -5°27' 4 66   Neb Ori One of the most impressive nebulae in the sky, the Orion Nebula (M42) is visible to the naked eye bellow Orion's belt. Star forming region with four prominent stars called 'The Trapezium' is centered in the nebula.  Distance = 1,600 LY.  Diameter = 30 LY.
M43 5h35.6 -5°16' 9 20   Neb Ori A large bright emission reflection nebula just north of M42, the Great Orion nebula. M43 is a comma shaped nebula with a dark dust lane separating it from M42.
M36 5h36.1 +34°8' 6 12   OC Aur M36 (NGC 1960) is a rather young cluster containing many hot, blue main sequence star. The luminosity of the cluster is about 8,000 suns. Distance = 4,600 LY.  Diameter = 25 LY.
Horsehead Neb 5h41 -2°24' 11.3 60   Neb Ori IC 434 is a dark nebula that resembles the shape of a horse head, positioned in front of a bright diffuse nebula. This object is best seen using a Hydrogen Beta filter. 
M78 5h46.7 0°3' 8 8   Neb Ori M78 (NGC 2068) is a bright, fan-shaped emission and reflection nebula located just southwest of another emission nebula, NGC 2071.
M37 5h52.4 +32°33' 5.6 24   OC Aur M37(NGC 2099) is considered the finest open cluster in the constellation Auriga.  Including at least 150 bright stars, M37 has a total luminosity of 2,500 suns. Distance = 4,600 LY.  Diameter = 25 LY.
M35 6h8.9 +24°20' 5.1 28   OC Gem M35 (NGC 2168) has 75 bright stars spanning 30 arc minutes across. Located just southwest of M35 is another smaller more compact open cluster, NGC 2158.  Distance = 2,200 LY.  Diameter = 30 LY.
Beta Mon 6h28.8 -7°2' 4.7   3" / 132° Dbl Star Mon  Triple star
Arrowhead Clust 6h40 -9°0'       Ast Mon A distinctive V-shaped pattern of stars resembling an arrowhead positioned about  7 degrees north of the star Sirius.
Christmas Tree 6h41.1 +9°53' 3.9 60   OC Mon A very young open cluster, also called the Cone Nebula, with 150 members surrounded by dark nebulosity. Distance = 2,600 LY.  Diameter = 20 LY.
M41 6h46 -20°44' 4.5 38   OC CMa M41(NGC 2287) is a large cluster located just 4 degrees south of Sirius, that can be seen with the naked eye as a fuzzy patch the size of the full moon.  M41 has a total luminosity of 8,000 suns and is best viewed at low power. Distance = 2,300 LY.  Diameter = 20 LY.
Number 3 Clust 6h53 -10°12'       Ast Mon A pattern of faint stars seen as a backwards number '3' through a low power eyepiece. Look for the bright open cluster M50 just northwest of this Ast.
38 Gem 6h54.6 +13°10.7' 4.7   7" / ° Dbl Star Gem Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Adhara 6h58.6 -28°58.3' 1.6   7.5" / 161° Dbl Star CMa Double star. Epsilon Canes Majoris
M50 7h3.2 -8°20' 5.9 16   OC Mon Messier 50 (NGC 2323) is considered the finest open cluster in the constellation Monoceros.  It has 150 stars spread out over almost a half degree.  M50 has the total luminosity of 6,400 suns. Distance = 2,900 LY.  Diameter = 15 LY.
145 CMa 7h16.6 -23°18.9' 4.8   27" / 65° Dbl Star Cma Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
19 Lyncis 7h22.9 +55°16.9' 5.6   14.8" / 315° Dbl Star Lyn Double star
Eskimo Nebula 7h29.2 +20°55' 10 0.7   PN Gem The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) is a planetary nebula with a bright inner ring separated by a dark gap from another faint outer ring. Distance = approx. 2,500 LY
Eta Puppis 7h34.3 -23°28.4' 5.9   10" / 117° Dbl Star Pup Double star with equal magnitudes.
Castor 7h34.6 +31°53.4' 1.6   1.8" / 171° Dbl Star Gem Double star challenge. Alpha Gemini
M47 7h36.6 -14°30' 4.4 30   OC Pup M47(NGC 2422) is a very large and bright cluster that is visible to the unaided eye. The stars in M47 are relatively young at only 25 million year old.  Distance = 1,500 LY.  Diameter = 15 LY.
Kappa Pup 7h38.8 -26°48.2' 4.6   10" / 318° Dbl Star Pup Double star with equal magnitudes.
M46 7h41.8 -14°49' 6.1 27   OC Pup M46 (NGC 2437)is a bright cluster that is most notable for having a planetary nebula visible near the cluster's edge. The planetary nebula is not actually part of the cluster but rather it lies somewhere between M46 and the Earth. M46 is estimated to be 300 million years old. Distance = 5,000 LY.  Diameter = 30 LY.
M93 7h44.6 -23°52' 6.2 22   OC Pup M93 (NGC 2447) is a luminous V-shaped cluster with a conspicuous void of stars near the center.  It has a luminosity of 4,000 suns.  Distance = 3,400 LY.  Diameter = 18 LY.
Tegman 8h12.2 +17°39' 6   9" / 89° Dbl Star Cnc Quadruple star. Zeta Cancri
M48 8h13.8 -5°48' 5.8 54   OC Hya M48 (NGC 2548) is a beautiful cluster in the constellation Hydra containing about 65 stars over a degree of the sky. Distance = 1,500 LY. Diameter = 24 LY.
Theta 2 Can 8h26.8 +26°56.1' 6.3   5" / 217° Dbl Star Cnc Double star with equal magnitudes.
Beehive Cluster 8h40.1 +19°59' 3.1 95   OC Cnc The Beehive open cluster is visible to the naked eye and contains over 200 stars. Also called 'Praesepe' and 'M44'. Distance = 525 LY  Diameter = 40 LY
Iota Cancer 8h46.7 +28°45.6' 4.2   31" / 307° Dbl Star Cnc Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
M67 8h50.4 +11°49' 6.9 30   OC Cnc M67(NGC 2682) is a very old open cluster at 5 billion years old. It is so old that it has traveled over 1,000 light-years away from the plane of the Milky Way, where most open clusters are located. Distance = 2,500 LY.  Diameter = 12 LY.
Bode's Nebula 9h55.6 +69°4' 6.9 25.7   Gal UMa Bode's Nebula (M81) is a massive galaxy with the luminosity equal to 20 billion suns and a total mass of approximately 250 billion solar masses. Distance = 7 million LY.  Diameter = 36,000 LY
M82 9h55.8 +69°41' 8.4 11.2   Gal UMa Located only 38 arc minutes north of M81, M82 is a very elongated galaxy with dust and bright knots.  Diameter = 16,000 LY.
Algieba 10h19.9 +19°50.6' 2.6   4.4" / 124° Dbl Star Leo Double star.  Gamma Leonis
Ghost o Jupiter 10h24.8 -18°38' 9 20.8   PN Hya The Ghost of Jupiter (NGC 3242) is a planetary nebula that appears as a bright bluish disk with an elongated inner ring that is about the same size as the disk of Jupiter. Distance = approx. 2,600 LY.  Diameter .5 LY
M95 10h44 +11°42' 9.7 7.4   Gal Leo M95 (NGC 3351) is a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Leo and lies only 40 arc minutes from another giant elliptical galaxy, M96.  M95 has the total luminosity of 10 billion suns.  Distance = 31 million LY.  Diameter = 70,000 LY.
M96 10h46.8 +11°49' 9.2 7.1   Gal Leo M96 (NGC 3368) is a giant elliptical galaxy that is located in a compact cluster of galaxies that includes M95 only 40 arc minutes away.  M96 has a total luminosity of 16 billion suns.  Distance = 31 million LY.  Diameter = 62,000 LY.
M105 10h47.8 +12°35' 9.3 4.5   Gal Leo M105 (NGC 3379) is one of three faint galaxies covering an 8 arc minute area near the large spiral galaxy M96.  M105 has the total luminosity of 15 billion suns.  Distance = 31 million LY.  Diameter = 35,000 LY.
Crown Cluster 10h50 +56°12'       Ast UMa A small 'crown' of stars with a bright 'jewel' star near the center located 2 degrees west of the star Merak.
54 Leo 10h55.6 +24°45' 4.5   6.8" / 110° Dbl Star Leo Double star
M108 11h11.5 +55°40' 10.1 8.3   Gal UMa M108 (NGC 3556) is a fine edge-on spiral galaxy that has a large halo of bright and dark patches and streaks that lies less than a degree from the Owl Nebula, M97.
M65 11h18.9 +13°5' 9.3 10   Gal Leo Along with M66, this pair of galaxies can be seen together in the field of view at low magnification. A third galaxy, NGC 3628 can also be seen just north of this pair. Distance = 29 million LY.  Diameter = 60,000 LY.
M66 11h20.2 +12°59' 9 8.7   Gal Leo Along with M65, this pair of galaxies can be seen together in the field of view at low magnification. A third galaxy, NGC 3628 can also be seen just north of this pair.  Distance = 29 million LY.  Diameter = 50,000 LY.
Blue Planetary 11h50.3 -57°11' 8 0.2   PN Cen Small, round planetary nebula. Blue in color with 7th magnitude star in center.
M109 11h57.6 +53°23' 9.8 7.6   Gal UMa M109 (NGC 3992) is a 10th magnitude face-on spiral galaxy with a bright core surrounded by a large, faint diffuse halo.  It has an absolute magnitude of -21 and a total luminosity of 19 billion suns. Distance = 46 million LY.  Diameter = 100,000 LY.
M98 12h13.8 +14°54' 10.1 9.5   Gal Com M98 (NGC 4192) is one of the brighter members of the Coma Galaxy Cluster. It is one of only a few galaxies in the cluster that is moving closer to us rather than receding away. M98 is approaching us at a velocity of 243 kilometers per second and has a total luminosity of 85 billion suns.   Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 185,000 LY.
M99 12h18.8 +14°25' 9.8 5.4   Gal Com Messier 99 (NGC 4254) is a large spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster and has one of the largest red shifts in the cluster.  M99 is receding away from us at a velocity of 2380 kilometers per second and has a total luminosity of 53 billion suns.   Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 95,000 LY.
M106 12h19 +47°18' 8.3 18.2   Gal CVn M106 (NGC 4258) is a massive tightly wound spiral galaxy with a bright core surrounded by a large faint halo.  M106 is a source of radio emission. Distance = 35 million LY.
M61 12h21.9 +4°28' 9.7 6   Gal Vir M61 (NGC 4303) is a giant barred spiral galaxy in the Virgo Super Cluster with a total luminosity of 44 billion suns.  Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 110,000 LY.
Coma Star Clust 12h22 +25°48'       Ast Com A 'V' shaped pattern of stars visible to the naked eye. This cluster is one of the closest to Earth at a distance of 250 light-years.
M40 12h22.4 +58°5'       Dbl Star UMa M40 is the only double star to be included to the Messier list. There is said to be nebulosity around this wide pair of stars and there are two small galaxies less than 17 arc minutes away.
M100 12h22.9 +15°49' 9.4 6.9   Gal Com M100 (NGC 4321) is a luminous face-on spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster with a total luminosity of 83 billion solar masses.  Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 130,000 LY.
M84 12h25.1 +12°53' 9.3 5   Gal Vir M84 (NGC 4374) is a giant elliptical member of the Virgo Super Cluster.  This galaxy has a total luminosity of 76 billion suns.  Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 150,000 LY.
M85 12h25.4 +18°11' 9.2 7.1   Gal Com M85 (NGC 4382) is one of the brightest members of the Virgo Super Cluster with a total luminosity of over 83 million suns. Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 150,000 LY.
M86 12h26.2 +12°57' 9.2 7.4   Gal Vir M86 (NGC 4406) is a massive elliptical galaxy that lies in the direction of the gravitational center of the Virgo Super Cluster. Unlike other galaxies in this cluster, M86 is moving towards us (blue shift) and has a total luminosity of 57 billion solar masses. Distance = 50 million LY.  Diameter = 175,000 LY.
M49 12h29.8 +8°0' 8.4 8.9   Gal Vir M49 (NGC 4472) is a giant elliptical galaxy that is one of the largest in the Virgo Super Cluster and has a total luminosity of 145 billion of our suns. Distance = 65 million LY. Diameter = 153,000 LY.
Algorab 12h29.9 -16°30.8' 3.1   24" / 214° Dbl Star Crv Double star. Delta Corvi
M87 12h30.8 +12°24' 8.6 7.2   Gal Vir M87 (NGC 4486) is an elliptical galaxy equal in size to 790 billion solar masses. More than 1000 globular clusters are known to surround this galaxy and it is believed to have a giant black hole at its center. Distance = 50 million LY.  Diameter = 135,000 LY.
M88 12h32 +14°25' 9.5 6.9   Gal Com M88 (NGC 4501) is a giant spiral member of the Virgo Super Cluster.  This galaxy has a total luminosity of 52 billion suns.  Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 125,000 LY.
24 Com 12h35.1 +18°22.6' 5.2   20" / 271° Dbl Star Com Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
M91 12h35.4 +14°30' 10.2 5.4   Gal Com M91 is considered one of the 'missing' Messier objects whose true identity is still in dispute.  Some have suggested that M91 may be NGC 4548, a small galaxy with a bright round core in the constellation Coma Berenices.  Although NGC 4548 is small in angular size, it has a total luminosity of 28 billion suns. Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 100,000 LY.
M89 12h35.7 +12°33' 9.8 4.2   Gal Vir M89 (NGC 4552) is another giant elliptical member of the Virgo Super Cluster.  This galaxy has a total luminosity of 40 billion suns. Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 64,000 LY.
Stargate Clust 12h36 -12°0'       Ast Crv A unique triangle of stars with another triangle of fainter stars in its center.
M90 12h36.8 +13°10' 9.5 9.5   Gal Vir M90 (NGC 4569) is a giant spiral galaxy that lies in the direction of the gravitational center of the Virgo Super Cluster. Unlike other galaxies in this cluster, M90 is moving towards us (blue shift) and has a total luminosity of 30 billion solar masses. Distance = 50 million LY.  Diameter = 15,000 LY.
M58 12h37.7 +11°49' 9.8 5.4   Gal Vir M58 (NGC 4579) is a giant barred spiral galaxy in the Virgo Super Cluster with a total luminosity of 4 billion suns. Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 100,000 LY.
M68 12h39.5 -26°45' 8.2 12   GC Hya M68 (NGC 4590) is a fairly bright cluster with an unresolved core and a loose scattering of halo stars. Distance = 31,000 LY.
Sombrero Glx 12h40 -11°37' 8.3 8.9   Gal Vir The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) is an edge-on galaxy with a dark band of interstellar matter in the equatorial galactic plane resembling the brim of a sombrero.  Distance = 30 million LY.  Diameter = 82,000 LY.
Porrima 12h41.7 -1°27' 2.9   3" / 287° Dbl Star Vir Double star. Gamma Virginis
M59 12h42 +11°39' 9.8 5.1   Gal Vir M59 (NGC 4621) is a compact but massive elliptical galaxy in the core of the Virgo Super Cluster with a total luminosity of 44 billion solar masses. Distance = 65 million LY.  Diameter = 90,000 LY.
M60 12h43.7 +11°33' 8.8 7.2   Gal Vir Discovered by J.G. Koehler while observing the comet of 1779, M60 (NGC 4649) is a giant elliptical galaxy that lies in the center of the Virgo Super Cluster and has a luminosity of 100 billion suns. Distance = 65 million LY. Diameter = 135,000.
M94 12h50.9 +41°7' 8.2 11   Gal CVn M94 (NGC 4736) is an impressive galaxy with a brilliant core surrounded by a fainter outer halo which gives it the appearance of an unresolved globular cluster.  Distance = 21 million LY. 
35 Com 12h53.3 +21°14.7' 5.1   29" / ° Dbl Star Com Triple colored star
Cor Caroli 12h56 +38°19.1' 2.9   19" / 229° Dbl Star CVn Double star. Alpha Canes Venatici
Black-Eye Glx 12h56.7 +21°41' 8.5 9.3   Gal Com The Black-Eyed Galaxy (M64) is a spiral galaxy with a striking dark dust cloud near the central nucleus.  Distance = 20 million LY
M53 13h12.9 +18°10' 7.7 12.6   GC Com Discovered in 1775, M53 (NGC 5024) has a luminosity of 330,000 suns. Distance = 65,000 LY. Diameter = 100 LY.
Sunflower Glx 13h15.8 +42°2' 8.6 12.3   Gal CVn M63, known as the Sunflower Galaxy, is an elongated galaxy with a bright core and a tight spiral pattern resembling a giant celestial flower, giving it its name of the Sunflower Galaxy. Distance = 35 million LY.  Diameter = 90,000 LY.
Mizar 13h23.9 +54°55.3' 4   14" / 151° Dbl Star UMa Double star. Zeta Ursa Majoris.
Omega Cluster 13h26.8 -47°29' 3.7 36.3   GC Cen The Omega Cluster (NGC 5139) is the brightest and largest globular cluster in the sky. It is best seen at lower or southern latitudes.  Distance = 17,000 LY.  Diameter = 100 LY.
Whirlpool Glx 13h29.9 +47°12' 8.4 11   Gal CVn The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is one of the closest and brightest galaxies with very pronounced spiral arms. Distance = 35 million LY.  Diameter = 100,000 LY.
M83 13h37 -29°52' 7.6 11.2   Gal Hya M83 (NGC 5236) is a fine face-on barred spiral galaxy with tiny dark lanes dividing each arm. M83 has a total luminosity of 36 billion suns.  Distance = 22 million LY.  Diameter = 100,000 LY.
M3 13h42.2 +28°23' 6.4 16.2   GC CVn This splendid object is estimated to have 500,000 stars and is one of the three brightest globular clusters in the northern hemisphere.  M3 (NGC 5272) has a luminosity of 260,000 suns.  Distance = 35,000 LY. Diameter = 220 LY.
M101 14h3.2 +54°21' 7.7 26.9   Gal UMa M101 (NGC 5457) is a relatively close and very large spiral galaxy which resembles a giant pinwheel.  M101 has a total luminosity of 33 billion suns. Distance = 25 million LY.  Diameter = 190,000 LY.
Kappa Boļ 14h13.5 +51°47.4' 4.6   13" / 236° Dbl Star Boo Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Epsilon Boļ 14h45 +27°4.4' 2.7   3" / 303° Dbl Star Boo Double star
Xi Boļ 14h51.4 +19°6.1' 4.6   7" / 326° Dbl Star Boo Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
M102 15h6.5 +55°46' 10 5.2   Gal Dra M102 is long thought to be a duplicate observation of M101.  However, some have suggested that NGC 5866 may have been the object overlooked by Messier.  NGC 5866 is a very bright spindle-shaped elongated galaxy with a narrow dust lane across the bright core.
M5 15h18.6 +2°5' 5.8 17.4   GC Ser M5 (NGC 5904) is a fine globular cluster with hundreds of white and yellowish star that can be resolved out to the edge of its 15 arc minute diameter halo. Distance = 30,000 LY.  Diameter = 100 LY.
Delta Ser 15h34.8 +10°32.3' 5.2   3.9" / 179° Dbl Star Ser Double star
Graffias 16h5.4 -19°48.3' 2.9   14" / 21° Dbl Star Sco Triple star. Beta Scorpii
M80 16h17 -22°59' 7.2 8.9   GC Sco Discovered in 1781, M80 (NGC 6093) is a bright round, but unresolved globular cluster that lies about 4 degrees northwest of the bright star Antares. Distance = 28,000 LY.
M4 16h23.6 -26°32' 5.9 26.3   GC Sco M4 (NGC 6121) is one of the closest globular clusters to Earth and lies just southwest of the bright star Antares.  M4 has a luminosity of 44,000 suns. Distance = 6,500 LY.  
Mini-coathanger 16h30 +80°12'       Ast UMi A pattern of 10 faint stars spanning 1/2 degree, nicknamed the 'Mini-coathanger'
M107 16h32.5 -13°3' 8.1 10   GC Oph Messier 107 (NGC 6171) is a fairly faint globular cluster with an unresolved disk with a granular texture and a slightly brighter core. Diameter = 19,000 LY.
'S' Cluster 16h37 +31°0'       Ast Her A curving pattern of a dozen stars resembling a backwards letter 'S'.
Hercules Clust 16h41.7 +36°28' 5.9 16.6   GC Her M13 (NGC 6205) is a globular cluster visible to the naked eye in the constellation Hercules. The cluster contains about 1 million stars and is estimated to be 10 billion years old. Distance = 25,000 LY.  Diameter = 160 LY
M12 16h47.2 -1°57' 6.6 14.5   GC Oph M12 (NGC 6218) has a compact bright core with a well resolved outer halo of stars stretching out 11 arc minutes in diameter. Distance = 20,000 LY.
M10 16h57.1 -4°6' 6.6 15.1   GC Oph M10 (NGC 6254) has a granular textured bright core with a well resolved outer halo of stars stretching out 15 arc minutes in diameter. Distance = 15,000 LY.
M62 17h1.2 -30°7' 6.6 14.1   GC Oph M62 (NGC 6266) is a brighter than average globular cluster with an off center core and an asymmetric halo.  It has the luminosity of 276,000 suns. Distance = 20,500 LY.
M19 17h2.6 -26°16' 7.2 13.5   GC Oph M19 (NGC 6273) is an egg shaped globular cluster. It is one of the finest objects in the constellation Ophiuchus and has the luminosity of almost 400,000  suns.  Distance = 28,000 LY.
Rasalgethi 17h14.6 +14°23.4' 3.5   4.6" / 107° Dbl Star Her Double star with equal magnitudes. Alpha Hercules
M92 17h17.1 +43°8' 6.5 11.2   GC Her M92 (NGC 6341) is a very old cluster that shines with the luminosity of 150,000 suns. Distance = 25,000 LY.  Diameter = 80 LY.
M9 17h19.2 -18°31' 7.9 9.3   GC Oph M9 (NGC 6333) is a well resolved globular cluster with a bright core and a 4 arc minute halo.  It has a luminosity of 76,000 suns. Distance = 19,000 LY.
Nu Dra 17h32.2 +55°11' 5   62" / 312° Dbl Star Dra Double star with equal magnitudes.
M14 17h37.6 -3°15' 7.6 11.7   GC Oph M14 (NGC 6402) is a very large and bright globular cluster in a remote region of the constellation Ophiuchus.  It has a luminosity of over 440,000 of our suns. Distance = 33,000 LY.  Diameter = 110 LY.
Butterfly Clust 17h40.1 -32°13' 4.2 15   OC Sco The Butterfly Cluster (M6) is a bright open cluster containing about 50 stars. Distance = 3,200 LY.  Diameter = .33 LY
M7 17h53.9 -34°49' 3.3 80   OC Sco Visible to the naked eye, M7 (NGC 6475) has a luminosity of 2,500 suns. Distance = 820 LY.  Diameter = 20 LY.
M23 17h56.8 -19°1' 5.5 27   OC Sgr This stunning open cluster fills the area the size of the full moon and is 300 million years old. M23 (NGC 6494) has the total luminosity of 6,300 suns. Distance = 2,100 LY.
Cats Eye Nebula 17h58.6 +66°38' 9 5.8   PN Dra The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the brightest planetary nebulae and has a central star nearly 100 times the luminosity of the Sun.
95 Her 18h1.5 +21°35.7' 5.1   6.5" / 258° Dbl Star Her Double star with magnitude contrast
Trifid Nebula 18h2.3 -23°2' 6.3 29   Neb Sgr The Trifid Nebula (M20) is a diffuse nebula characterized by three dark bands dividing the bright regions of the nebula. Distance = 3,700 LY.
Lagoon Nebula 18h3.8 -24°23' 5.8 90   Neb Sgr The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is a very bright nebula which is an active star formation region. Distance = 5,000 LY.  Diameter = 100 LY.
Ring Cluster 18h4 +26°30'       Ast Her A faint ring of stars with a brighter 7th magnitude star inside the ring.
M21 18h4.6 -22°30' 5.9 13   OC Sgr M21 (NGC 6531) is a bright, young open cluster of 70 stars with the luminosity of 20,000 suns. Distance = 5,200 LY.  Diameter = 20 LY.
M24 18h18.4 -18°25' 11 5   OC Sgr M24 (NGC 6603) is a large star cloud that resides in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way. Called the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, M24 contains thousands of stars including an open cluster, NGC 6603 in the northern part of the cluster.  Distance = 9,400 LY.  Diameter = 330 LY.
Eagle Nebula 18h18.8 -13°47' 6 35   Neb Ser The Eagle Nebula (M16) is a large open cluster surrounded by a diffuse nebula. A very active region of star formation. Distance = 6,800 LY. Diameter = 70 LY.
M18 18h19.9 -17°8' 6.9 9   OC Sgr Visible near the Swan nebula, M18 (NGC 6613) is a small open cluster with the total luminosity of 8,300 suns.  Distance = 4,100 LY.
Swan Nebula 18h20.8 -16°11' 6 46   Neb Sgr The Swan Nebula (M17) is a diffuse nebula resembling a swan swimming across water.  Distances = 5,500 LY  Diameter = 15 LY
M28 18h24.5 -24°52' 6.9 11.2   GC Sgr M28 (NGC 6626) is a fine cluster with an intense inner core inside a vast halo of stars that radiate out into an irregular shape at its edge. Distance = 15,000 LY.  Diameter = 65 LY.
M69 18h31.4 -32°21' 7.7 7.1   GC Sgr One of three Messier objects lying across the base of the 'Teapot' in Sagittarius, M69 (NGC 6637) is a small globular cluster that resembles the nucleus of a bright comet. Distance = 33,000 LY.
M25 18h31.7 -19°14' 4.6 32   OC Sgr M25 (IC 4725) is visible to the naked eye under dark skies as an irregular open cluster noted for having several known variable stars. M25 has the total luminosity of 33,000 suns.  Distance = 3,000 LY.
'W' Cluster 18h35 +72°18'       Ast Dra An Ast of 20 stars, with the 5 brightest stars making a distinctive 'W' pattern 1/2 degree across.
M22 18h36.4 -23°54' 5.1 24   GC Sgr First catalogued by Greek astronomer Ptolemy, M22 (NGC 6656) is one of our nearest globular clusters.  It has a luminosity of 210,000 solar masses. Distance = 9,600 LY.  Diameter = 70 LY.
M70 18h43.2 -32°18' 8.1 7.8   GC Sgr M70 (NGC 6681) is a small globular cluster located along the base of the 'Teapot' in Sagittarius with the total luminosity of only 70,000 suns. Distance = 34,000 LY.
Epsilon Lyr 1 18h44.3 +39°40.2' 6   2" / 353° Dbl Star Lyr Quadruple star
Epsilon Lyr 2 18h44.4 +39°36.7' 4.5   2.2" / 80° Dbl Star Lyr Quadruple star
Zeta Lyr 18h44.8 +37°36.3' 4.3   44" / 150° Dbl Star Lyr Double star
M26 18h45.2 -9°24' 8 15   OC Sct M26 (NGC 6694) is a compact, rich open cluster containing forty 12th to 14th magnitude stars over an 8 arc minute field. 
Wild Duck Clust 18h51.1 -6°16' 5.8 14   OC Sct One of the finest open clusters in the sky, M11 (NGC 6705) is a rich cluster containing about 500 stars.  M11 is approx. 250 million years old and has a luminosity of 48,000 suns. Also called the Wild Duck Cluster.   Distance = 6,000 LY.  Diameter = 21 LY.
Ring Nebula 18h53.6 +33°2' 9 2.5   PN Lyr The Ring Nebula (M57) is a very famous planetary nebula with an extremely hot blue dwarf star in the center. Distance = 1,400 LY.  Diameter = .5 LY.
M54 18h55.1 -30°29' 7.7 9.1   GC Sgr M54 (NGC 6715) is an extremely dense globular cluster with a very compact bright center and very few resolved stars around the edge.  It has a total luminosity of 480,000 solar masses. Distance = 68,000 LY.
M56 19h16.6 +30°11' 8.3 7.1   GC Lyr M56 (NGC 6779) is a tiny disk of resolved stars that is only 5 arc minutes in diameter. Distance = 31,000 LY.
Coathanger Clus 19h25.4 +20°12'       Ast Vul Called 'Brocchi's cluster' or the 'Coathanger cluster'. Visible to the naked eye 8 degrees south of the star Albireo. Ten visible stars make up a coathanger shape spanning 1 degree across.
Albireo 19h30.7 +27°57.6' 3.2   35" / 54° Dbl Star Cyg Colored double star. Beta Cygni
M55 19h40 -30°58' 7 19   GC Sgr Seen as a uniform pattern of resolved stars, M55 (NGC 6809) is a globular cluster that spreads across a 15 arc minute field of view. 
Blinking Plan 19h44.8 +50°31' 10 2.3   PN Cyg The Blinking Planetary nebula (NGC 6826) is a disc with an 11th magnitude central star.
17 Cygnus 19h46.4 +33°44' 5   26" / 73° Dbl Star Cyg Double star with magnitude contrast
M71 19h53.8 +18°47' 8.3 7.2   GC Sge At only about 9 billion year old, M71(NGC 6838) is a very small and young globular cluster that is unusual for containing many 'metal' elements other than hydrogen and helium.  M71 has a total luminosity of only 13,000 suns. Distance = 12,000 LY.
Dumbbell Neb 19h59.6 +22°43' 8.1 15.2   PN Vul The Dumbbell Nebula (M27) is one of the closest planetary nebulae to the Earth. Expanding at a speed of 27 km/sec, it can be  estimated that it is about 48,000 years old. Distance = approx. 750 LY.  Diameter = 2 LY.
M75 20h6.1 -21°55' 8.6 6   GC Sgr M75 (NGC 6864) is a small unresolved globular cluster with a faint halo of stars that gives it the resemblance of a nebula rather than a cluster. Distance = 59,000 LY.
Spiral Cluster 20h14 +36°30'       Ast Cyg A sprawling pattern of stars resembling the arms of a spiral galaxy with a brighter reddish star in the center.
Dabih 20h21 -14°46.9' 3.3   205" / 267° Dbl Star Cap Double star. Beta Capricorni
M29 20h23.9 +38°32' 6.6 7   OC Cyg M29 (NGC 6913) is a compact open cluster with five bright B0 giants that give it a total luminosity of about 160,000 suns. Distance = 6,000 LY.  Diameter = 220 LY. 
Omicron Cap 20h29.9 -18°34.9' 6.1   19" / 239° Dbl Star Cap Double star
Diamond Cluster 20h39 +13°30'       Ast Del Seen as a bright triangle of 7th magnitude stars, with 6th magnitude Theta Delphini being the brightest.
M72 20h53.5 -12°32' 9.4 5.9   GC Aqr Lying 3 degrees SW of the famous Saturn Nebula, M72 (NGC 6981) is a loose Globular cluster with a small bright core.  Distance = 56,000 LY.
M73 20h59 -12°38' 9 3   OC Aqr M73 (NGC 6994) is an Ast of 4 faint stars appearing as a nebula at first sight and was therefore added to the Messier list in 1780.
Saturn Nebula 21h4.2 -11°22' 8 1.7   PN Aqr Planetary nebula with an elongated ring resembling the rings of Saturn.  Distance = 4,000 LY.  Diameter = .5 LY.
61 Cygnus 21h6.6 +38°42.1' 5.4   30" / 148° Dbl Star Cyg Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Horseshoe Clust 21h7 +47°18'       Ast Cyg A 'Horseshoe' pattern of over a dozen 7th to 11th magnitude stars measuring 20' across lying near the bright star Deneb.
M15 21h30 +12°10' 6.4 12.3   GC Peg M15 (NGC 7078) is a highly resolved globular cluster in the constellation Pegasus that contains many red giant stars and is a source of x-ray emissions.  Distance = 39,000 LY.  Diameter = 130 LY.
M39 21h32.2 +48°26' 4.6 32   OC Cyg M39 (NGC 7092) is a brightly scattered cluster that has a luminosity of 800 suns.  It is a large cluster of about 20 bright stars and is best viewed with a low power eyepiece.  Distance = 800 LY.  Diameter = 7 LY.
M2 21h33.5 0°-49' 6.5 12.9   GC Aqr Discovered in 1746, M2 (NGC 7089) is a large, bright globular cluster with a compressed  intense core. Distance = 38,600 LY.  Diameter = 150 LY.
M30 21h40.4 -23°11' 7.5 11   GC Cap Discovered in 1764, M30 (NGC 7099) is a bright ball of stars with an irregular shaped outer halo that spans a diameter of 6 arc minutes. Distance = 26,700 LY.
Epsilon Peg 21h44.2 +9°52.5' 2.5   83" / 320° Dbl Star Peg Triple star
Zeta Aqr 22h28.8 0°-1.2' 4.6   2" / 207° Dbl Star Aqr Double star challenge
Delta Cep 22h29.2 +58°24.9' 4   20" / 192° Dbl Star Cep Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Helix Nebula 22h29.6 -20°48'   12.8   PN Aqr The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) is the largest and closest planetary nebula with an angular diameter of half the full moon. Distance = approx 300 LY. Diameter = 1.75 LY
Tau 1 Aqr 22h47.7 -14°3.4' 5.7   23" / 121° Dbl Star Aqr Double star
Number 7 Clust 23h7 +59°0'       Ast Cas Nine 5th and 6th magnitude stars making up a sideways number '7'.
94 Aqr 23h19.1 -13°27.5' 5.3   13" / 350° Dbl Star Aqr Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days
Arrow Cluster 23h21 +62°30'       Ast Cas One degree of stars resembling an arrow pattern northeast of the cluster M52.
M52 23h24.2 +61°35' 6.9 13   OC Cas M52 (NGC 7654) is a rich compressed open cluster with about 150 stars ranging in brightness from 9th the 12th magnitude.  M52 is a relatively young cluster estimated to be 50 million years old. Distance = 3,900 LY.  Diameter = 15 LY.
Blue Snowball 23h25.9 +42°33' 9 2.2   PN And NGC 7662, also called the Blue Snowball, is a hazy blue planetary nebula estimated to be 1,800 to 5,600 LY away and 20,000 to 50,000 A.U. across
107 Aqr 23h46 -18°40.8' 5.8   7" / 143° Dbl Star Aqr Double star with equal magnitudes.
Sigma Cas 23h59 +55°45.3' 4.9   3" / 326° Dbl Star Cas Colored double star. Period of 5.4 days


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