deep sky challenge
This month, a wealth of deep-sky objects for those armed with almost any size telescope are on show
Test your equipment by seeking out distant clusters and galaxies with beautiful dark dust lanes
At this time of year the orbit of the Earth around the Sun means that at night we face away from our own Milky Way and look out into the depths of space. This means we can see very distant galaxies, along with globular star clusters, which orbit around the galactic plane, but are often best seen against less crowded star fields. This month, there are also some exquisite double stars of differing colours to split with your telescope too. Here are some suggested targets to turn your instrument towards, although of course there are many, many more to be had if you sweep the skies this spring.
Sombrero Galaxy (M104)