Milky Way

Observed:  Points: 100

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as of 08/20/2019 5:07 p.m.

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General Info

TypeGalaxy
ConstellationSagittarius
Right ascension17h45'0''
Declination-29°0'0''
Magnitude5
Distance20,000ly
Size10800 arc min
Catalog Designations
The milky way is what we call our home galaxy. When we look at the sky and see it, we are looking into the spiral arm in which our solar system is located. Image "ESO-VLT-Laser-phot-33a-07" by ESO - http://www.eso.org/gallery/v/ESOPIA/Paranal/phot-33a-07.tif.html. Licensed under CC BY 3.0

Generate a finder chart

The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!

The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.

The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.

Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.

Milky Way

Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars
100 points

My first time seeing the milky way. Amazing!

Amazing view from an utterly dark sight in the National Forest.

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