All About Space

“Even a small telescope will give you a beautiful view”


Messier 39

Messier 39 is a loose open star cluster, roughly triangular in shape and the same angular diameter as the Moon. It is best seen in small telescopes using low magnificat­ions.

Messier 29

This magnitude +6.6 open cluster contains only a few scattered stars, forming the shape of an open box. Small to medium telescopes pick it out well from the background sky.

Albireo (Beta Cygni)

One of the most beautiful double stars in the sky, any telescope splits Albireo into a third-magnitude gold star and a magnitude +4.7 sapphire-hued star, 20 arcseconds apart.

North America Nebula (NGC 7000)

Although this famous emission nebula covers as much sky as around four full Moons, a telescope is needed to pick out its distinctiv­e shape.

Veil Nebula (Sharpless 103)

The seventh-magnitude Veil Nebula consists of two arcs of faint gas. It’s the remains of a star that blew up between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago.

Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27)

This famous nebula is just a smudge in small telescopes. Medium and large-aperture telescopes show its twin lobes of blue-green gas.

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