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Gifts Of Sagittarius — A Deep-Sky Binocular Guide

1 Aug 2019, 17:39 UTC
Gifts Of Sagittarius — A Deep-Sky Binocular Guide
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In a pair of 40-50mm binoculars magnifying between 7x and 10x up to 10 star clusters and nebulae are visible in Sagittarius not far from the planet Saturn in the month of August. Most look like fuzzy patches of light, but the Lagoon Nebula, the Starcloud, M25 and others show stars and structure. Bob King
A week ago we used Saturn to find the constellation of Sagittarius the archer, better known as the Teapot. Today, we’ll go a bit deeper and explore some of the many deep sky objects you can see there with a pair of binoculars. The term deep sky object (DSO) refers to anything other than stars and planets. Things like galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, objects that are often pictured in glorious color in photos taken with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Find Sagittarius by locating Jupiter, a bright “star” in the southern sky. Then look three fists to the left and a little below Jupiter to spy Saturn. The Milk Dipper asterism glimmers 5° below Saturn and forms the handle of the Teapot. Stellarium
Normal telescopes like the ones you and I can afford also show lots of DSOs but most appear colorless because our eyes ...

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