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Objects to Observe with the Faulkes Telescope


Introduction


This is a list of star-related objects that can be observed with the Faulkes Telescope. They are split into sections: planetary nebulae and supernova remnants. The information about each object is given in the table. The first column is the name of the object, the second and third are the co-ordinates of where to find it in the sky. The final column indicates which of the two Faulkes telescopes the object can be viewed from, either Australia or Hawaii.The objects are listed in order of the best to observe first.

The coordinates are given in Right Ascension and Declination. Right Ascension is given in hours, minutes and seconds and is the equivalent of longitude on Earth. 00h is the equivalent of the Greenwich meridian, and the 360° full circle of the sky is split into 24 hours. The RA coordinate therefore determines the position of the object with respect to the 00h line.

Declination is the 'up and down' angle of the galaxy in the sky compared to the equator. A negative value is below the equator and a positive value is above it. Declination is measured in degrees, arcminutes and arcseconds. There are 60 arcseconds in an arcminute and 60 arcminutes in a degree.

Right Ascension and Declination
See the section on stellar evolution for more information about these objects.

Planetary Nebulae

Name RA Dec Visible From
M 76 01h 42m 19.7s +51d 34m 32s Hawaii
M 57 18h 53m 35.0s +33d 01m 43s Hawaii
M 97 11h 14m 47.8s +55d 01m 10s Hawaii
NGC 1514 04h 09m 16.9s +30d 46m 33s Hawaii

Supernova Remnants

Name RA Dec Visible From
M 1 05h 34m 32s +22d 00m 52s Hawaii

Click on the links below to find out more about stars.


Stars Introduction

An Overview of Stars

The Sun

Structure of Stars

Stellar Evolution

Variable Stars



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Authors: Carolyn Brinkworth and Claire Thomas

Last updated: July 2001