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
NGC2392The Eskimo Nebula is one of the most distinctive planetary nebulae in the constellation of Gemini. It was discovered in 1787 by William Herschel.OctoberInteresting
NGC6872Also known as the Condor Galaxy, this set of interacting galaxies features a massive barred spiral galaxy. It was discovered in the early nineteenth century by John Herschel, William Herschel's son. Sadly, there is a nearby bright foreground star which limits exposure length and makes this object most suitable for Faulkes Telescope South with its smaller field-of-view.OctoberInteresting
Gaia16bicThis new supernova target has been discovered by the European Space Agency's Gaia mission in the grand design spiral galaxy NGC 2532. Schools taking images of this object in the next few weeks will be able to contribute to a light-curve allowing FT users and Gaia project scientists to understand more about supernovae.OctoberUrgent
M20M20, the Trifid Nebula, is a star-forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius around 5000 light years away, in a volume of space with around 3000 new stars in it. It is a rare combination of a young open cluster with an emission nebula and a reflection nebula and some dividing lines which are dark nebulae. These dividers are what give the overall appearance of a three-lobed object.OctoberInteresting
Gaia16axrGaia has detected a supernova on the outskirts of a distant galaxy!AugustUrgent
Butterfly ClusterAlso known as Messier 6, the butterfly cluster lies in the Scorpius constellation. AugustInteresting
Messier 7An open cluster in the contellation of Scorpius.AugustInteresting
Triangulum GalaxyA spiral galaxy also known as Messier 33.AugustInteresting
Trifid NebulaA star forming region in the Sagittarious constellation.AugustInteresting
NGC 4755 - The jewelbox clusterNGC4755, the jewelbox cluster is a beautiful open cluster of stars in the constellation of Crux. JulyInteresting