Monthly Targets

Every month we identify 2 exciting objects in each of the Northern and Southern hemispheres that you can observe with the Faulkes Telescopes. Instructions on how to best observe the objects are also given, so all users can take some incredible images of these objects each month. Simply click on one of the objects below to find out more.

Object NameBrief DescriptionTarget MonthPriority
M27M27, or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula which lies around 1,360 light year away.MayInteresting
NGC 5897NGC 5897 is a globular cluster, discovered by William Herschel in 1784.MayInteresting
Arp271Arp271 is a pair of interacting galaxies, located around 90 million light years away.MayInteresting
M92M92 is a globular cluster of stars, visible in the Northern hemisphere. It is one of the brightest globular clusters in the Milky Way and also one of the oldest.MayInteresting
Gaia16ajr in IC438A recent supernova has been detected by ESA's Gaia satellite in the spiral galaxy IC438!AprilUrgent
M83 - Spiral GalaxyMessier 83 is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light years away. AprilInteresting
M7 - Open ClusterMessier 7 is an open cluster in the Scorpious constellation. AprilInteresting
M3 - Globular ClusterMessier 3 is a globular cluster approximately 34,000 light years away from Earth.AprilInteresting
M64 - Black Eye GalaxyMessier 64, also known as the Black Eye Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located around 24 million light years away. AprilInteresting
NGC 3132 - Planetary NebulaThis pretty planetary nebula is found in the constellation of Vela and is also known as the Eight-Burst nebula. It lies at a distance of about 2000 light years.MarchInteresting