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TAAS 200 Scavenger Hunt
November 26, 2016
The TAAS 200 list of deep sky objects is one of the club's prized projects. To publicize our list and to generally go out and have fun, we are having a scavenger hunt for those who want to find 40 objects selected fropm the list.

Here is the gist of the hunt. Starting at sundown, astronomers have until midnight to find and record the 40 objects. It is hoped that astronomers will only use their star charts but those who want to use the "go-to" or "push-to" feature on their telescope will not be turned away.

The real purpose here is to have fun.

The scavenger hunt takes place at GNTO (please contact the GNTO director for directions) on November 26 during the GNTO New Moon event. The hunt starts when it is dark enough to observe and ends at midnight.

The link below leads you to the list of objects to be used at the scavenger hunt.

Fall TAAS 200 Scavenger List



Number / Type
Constellation
RA
Dec
magnitude Description
1. NGC40 [pn]
Cepheus
00:13
N72 °32'
10.7 Consists of magn. 11.5 star set in a thick ring. Nice in a 10 inch or larger scope.
3. NGC129 [oc]
Cassiopeia
00:29.9
N60 °14'
6.5 Well resolved, bright, coarse oc; 3 brter stars nearly form an equilateral triangle.
6. NGC188 [oc]
Cepheus
00:44
N85 °20'
8.1 A large, round, rich, LSB oc of 12th magn. and fainter stars. 5 billion years old!
7. NGC225 [oc]
Cassiopeia
00:43.4
N61 °47'
7 Loose and roughly triangle shaped oc. One side is a crooked line of brighter stars.
8. NGC246 [pn]
Cetus
00:47
S11 °53'
8 Skull, or wolf head appearance. Fantastic!!! +3 field stars. Use O III filter.
Additional Name(s): The Skull Nebula
9. NGC247 [eg]
Cetus
00:47.1
S20 °46'
8.8 Wow! Large, club shaped egn; Has broad hub; much detail and structure seen.
10. NGC253 [eg]
Sculptor
00:47.6
S25 °17'
7.1 WOW! Huge, bright., w/ lots of detail and mottling; small nucleus. Impressive!
Additional Name(s): The Silver Dollar Galaxy
14. NGC404 [eg]
Andromeda
01:9.4
N35 °43'
10.1 Small, bright egn. Very pretty field includes beta Andromedae.
15. NGC457 [oc]
Cassiopeia
01:19.1
N58 °20'
6.4 WOW! The Owl, ET, B-52, or Monster cluster. Best non Messier oc in CAS!
Additional Name(s): The Owl Cluster
18. NGC672 [eg]
Triangulum
01:47.9
N27 °26'
10.8 An oval egn w/ a blobby center. Nrby egn IC-1727 is big, v. fnt, & elongated. (10 in.)
19. NGC752 [oc]
Andromeda
01:57.8
N37 °41'
5.7 Pretty in finders. Look for golf club hitting NGC-752 as ball!
22. NGC891 [eg]
Andromeda
02:22.6
N42 °21'
10 Exquisite, perfect edge-on shows dust lane in v. lg. scopes. Beautiful in a 30 inch!
Additional Name(s): The Andromeda Edge-On
25. NGC1023 [eg]
Perseus
02:40.4
N39 °4'
9.2 Sm, HSB egn; lens shaped w/ elongated core. Lies in a rich field.
Additional Name(s): The Perseus Lenticular
29. NGC1245 [oc]
Perseus
03:14.7
N47 °15'
8.4 Wow! A lg., rich oc of sm. stars. Like a tangle of starry wool w/ many sm. dark gaps.
36. NGC1502 [oc]
Camelopardalis
04:7.7
N62 °20'
5.7 Brt, fine oc; lies within a remarkable star chain called Kemble's Cascade. Use LP.
Additional Name(s): Part of Kemble's Cascade
38. NGC1535 [pn]
Eridanus
04:14.2
S12 °44'
9.6 Brt blue-green inner ring + central star set in a fainter outer disc. (10 in.) Beautiful!
40. NGC1647 [oc]
Taurus
04:46
N19 °4'
6.4 Lg., rich oc of 8th magn. & fnter stars w/ many brt doubles in center. Nice in finders.
41. NGC1664 [oc]
Auriga
04:51.1
N43 °42'
7.6 An oc of equal stars; irregular, round, and patchy. Looks like a kite with a tail.
45. NGC1973-5-7 [gn]
Orion
05:35.5
S04 °52'
4.2 Nice refl. gn complex! Lg., w/ dark lanes; assoc. w/ a poor oc that incl's 42 & 45 Ori.
47. NGC2129 [oc]
Gemini
06:1
N23 °18'
6.7 Small oc of 8th-15th magn. stars developed around a bright double. Pretty group.
48. NGC2158 [oc]
Gemini
06:7.5
N24 °6'
8.6 Rich, smooth oc of v. fnt stars. Beautiful, w/ M-35 in field.
49. NGC2169 [oc]
Orion
06:8.4
N13 °57'
5.9 Unique, coarse oc! Squarish, the brter stars form the letters I-SIGMA. V. pretty.
51. NGC2194 [oc]
Orion
06:13.8
N12 °48'
8.5 Round, rich oc of very fnt stars. Looks like a bug's face w/ two large, black eyes.
57. NGC2281 [oc]
Auriga
06:49.3
N41 °4'
5.4 Lg., coarse oc of equal brt clumps of stars. (10 in.) Somewhat triangular. V. pretty!
Additional Name(s): The Broken Heart Cluster
64. NGC2392 [pn]
Gemini
07:29.2
N20 °55'
9.2 WOW! Brt inner ring + central star set in patchy outer disc, rich bl-grn color. (10 in.)
Additional Name(s): Clown Nebula or Eskimo
145. NGC5907 [eg]
Draco
15:15.9
N56 °19'
10.4 WOW! Huge needle-like egn! Slightly brter in middle. (20 in.) Needs a black sky.
Additional Name(s): The Draco Edge-On Galaxy
156. NGC6503 [eg]
Draco
17:49.4
N70 °9'
10.2 Bright, elongated egn has a bright, mottled, off center core, but no nucleus. (12 in.)
161. NGC6543 [pn]
Draco
17:58.6
N66 °38'
8.8 V. bright, small, bl-grn pn is shaped like a cat's eye pupil! (10 in.) Use HiX.
Additional Name(s): The Cat's Eye Planetary
177. NGC6826 [pn]
Cygnus
19:44.8
N50 °31'
8.8 WOW! Brt bl-grn disk seen w/ averted vision; central star w/ direct vision: blinks!!!
Additional Name(s): The Blinking Planetary
179. NGC6934 [gc]
Delphinus
20:34.2
N07 °24'
8.7 Fine gc. Med. large, fairly bright, well condensed. Well resolved in 10 in.
180. NGC6939 [oc]
Cepheus
20:31.4
N60 °38'
7.8 Rich, fine oc of fnt stars w/ NGC-6946 in same LP fld! Triangular w/ dark area within.
182. NGC6946 [eg]
Cygnus
20:34.8
N60 °9'
8.8 Wow! Lg., diffuse, oval shaped egn w/ sm. fuzzy hub. Spiral arms easy in 10 inch.
183. NGC6960-92 [sn]
Cygnus
20:45.7
N30 °43'
0 WOW! Exquisite snr w/ lots of detail, esp. w/ O III filter. Eastern arc (-6992) is brter.
Additional Name(s): The Veil Nebula
186. NGC7009 [pn]
Aquarius
21:4.2
S11 °22'
8 WOW! Sm. intense bl-grn oval pn shows Saturn features in lg. scopes! Beautiful!
Additional Name(s): The Saturn Nebula
191. NGC7293 [pn]
Aquarius
22:29.6
S20 °48'
7.3 WOW! Huge, LSB pn; round disc in 10x50mm; donut shape revealed in lg. scopes.
Additional Name(s): The Helix Nebula
192. NGC7331 [eg]
Pegasus
22:37.1
N34 °25'
9.5 Beautiful egn. Mottled oval disc has brt core + nucleus & resembles a small M-31.
194. NGC7479 [eg]
Pegasus
23:4.9
N12 °19'
11 Famous backwards S galaxy shows shape in very lg. scopes. Has bright core.
Additional Name(s): The Pegasus Barred Spiral
195. NGC7510 [oc]
Cepheus
23:11.5
N60 °34'
7.9 Nice oc! Sm., rich, w/ flared arrowhead shape. Brtest stars are at the tip. Lovely.
Additional Name(s): The Arrowhead Cluster
197. NGC7662 [pn]
Andromeda
23:25.9
N42 °33'
8.3 Brt bl-grn pn has very brt inner ring set in a larger, fnter disc. (20 in.) Very beautiful.
Additional Name(s): The Blue Snowball Nebula
200. NGC7814 [eg]
Pegasus
00:3.3
N16 °9'
10.5 Perfect edge-on egn has bright core. Dust lane seen only in v. lg. scopes (20 in.?)