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
NGC 104/ 47 TucThis globular cluster is located in the Southern constellation of Tucana, and is an impressive object to image. NovemberInteresting
IC2163This interacting galaxy is being torn apart by a larger neighbour, but in the process, is showing bursts of star formation and dust lanes, and is an impressive object to image. November Interesting
IC2163This interacting galaxy is being torn apart by a larger neighbour, but in the process, is showing bursts of star formation and dust lanes, and is an impressive object to image. NovemberInteresting
NGC1316In the southern constellation of Fornax, lies the lenticular galaxy, NGC1316. Its near neighbour NGC1317 is believed to be close enough for the two galaxies to be interacting gravitationally.OctoberInteresting
30 Dor30 Doradus (also known as the Tarantula Nebula) is an area of massive star formation within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).OctoberInteresting
NGC891This spectacular edge-on galaxy is in Andromeda at a distance of around 30 million years and is believed to be a similar size and shape to our own Milky Way galaxy. It was featured as an APOD (Astronomical Picture Of the Day) earlier in 2017.OctoberInteresting
Sombrero GalaxyThis galaxy is so-called because of its appearance. It is a spiral galaxy with a prominent dust lane along its inclined disk. SeptemberInteresting
The Eagle NebulaOne of the most famous images from space is the Eagle Nebula, also known as The Pillars of Creation.SeptemberInteresting
NGC253NGC253, the Sculptor Galaxy, also known as the Silver Dollar Galaxy. This is a spectacular spiral galaxy still undergoing star formation and classified as a starburst galaxy. It is thought to have a central supermassive black hole with a mass of around 5 million Suns making it a little more massive than the black hole at the centre of our Galaxy.JuneInteresting
47 Tuc47 Tucanae is one of the most massive globular clusters. It's found in the southern constellation of the toucan and is the second brightest globular cluster in the night sky behind Omega Centauri. It is 120 light years across and is thought to contain around 500,000 stars.June Interesting