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 4755 - The jewelbox clusterNGC4755, the jewelbox cluster is a beautiful open cluster of stars in the constellation of Crux. JulyInteresting
M16 - Eagle nebulaM16 is a popular object to image and shows an area where young stars are being born. JulyInteresting
M56M56 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Lyra. JulyInteresting
M27 - Dumbbell NebulaM27, also known as the Dumbbell nebula is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Vulpecula.JulyInteresting
NGC253NGC253, the Sculptor Galaxy, also known as the Silver Dollar. This is a spectacular spiral galaxy that is still undergoing star formation, so it is known 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.JuneUrgent
47 TucThe massive globular cluster, 47 Tucanae in the southern constellation of the toucan is the second brightest globular cluster in the night sky after Omega Centauri. It is 120 light years across and is thought to contain around 500,000 stars.JuneUrgent
M66M66 in the Leo Triplet is a spiral galaxy with spectacular dust lanes and star forming regions. It is also home to a recently detected supernova, ASASSN-16fq, which the FT Team are keen to take images and measurements of.JuneUrgent
M101M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major. It's radius of ~ 80,000 light years means it's on a simiilar scale to our own Milky Way.JuneUrgent
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