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
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
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