deep sky chal­lenge

This month, a wealth of deep-sky ob­jects for those armed with al­most any size te­le­scope are on show

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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)

Messier 53

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