Looking Up

On this page you can find links to all issues of my sky guide, Looking Up! Currently, only the first edition (September) is out.

Note: The information inside each edition can be used in any month, as long as the objects discussed are above the horizon; though the charts might need to be rotated to match the sky.

In the September issue of Looking Up, read about the Kleimann-Wright Object–which I have not found any mention of outside of the scientific literature (and I’ve looked)–as well as Pease 1 (a challenging object for expert observers) and five showpiece objects for smaller telescopes:

  • The Swan Nebula
  • Globular Cluster M15
  • The Blue Snowball
  • Epsilon Lyrae
  • The Veil Nebula

Note: Each object has a “Darkness:” and “Magnification:” rating, using a five-star system. These are intended to give you a rough idea of what conditions and instrument are needed to see the object. They’re not absolutes: it’s almost always possible to see the object in worse conditions than recommended, but it might appear with fewer features than described in the article, for example. (Or it might appear more detailed! Observer experience and visual acuity can allow some to see fainter in the city than others under excellent skies.)

Darkness is rated on a scale of 1-5, where:

= Inner City Skies
= Suburban Skies
= Distant Suburban Skies
= Moderately Dark Skies
= Very Dark Skies
(Downtown regions of major cities.)
(Bortle 9.)
(Bortle 7.)
(Bortle 5.)
(Bortle 3 and below.)

Magnification is rated on a scale of 1-5, where:

= Naked Eye
= Binoculars
= Small Telescope
= Medium Telescope
= Large Telescope
(Over 100x)

Consider views from different instruments/skies to be merely different, instead of better/worse; it is immensely satisfying to find something that you “shouldn’t have been able to see”.

Clear Skies!
Lauren Herrington
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