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
M50 (NGC 2323)The open cluster M50 is relatively close to us at a distance of 3,000 light yearsDecemberInteresting
M42 - the Orion NebulaThe famous Orion Nebula that is lies in Orion's belt and is visible to the naked eyeDecemberInteresting
M8M8, also known as the Lagoon Nebula.DecemberInteresting
NGC 891An edge-on spiral galaxy, 30 million light-years awayDecemberInteresting
NGC288This fairly loosely concentrated globular cluster can be found in the constellation of Sculptor. NovemberInteresting
SMC X-3This object is a neutron star in a binary orbit with a Be star in our neighbouring dwarf galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud. Astronomers at the University of Southampton studying this object would like FTP users to help observe this object. NovemberUrgent
M52This target is an open cluster in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It can be seen with a good pair of binoculars in the night sky, and is a pretty object to image with the LCO telescopes. NovemberInteresting
M110This object is a dwarf elliptical galaxy which orbits our nearest giant galaxy neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy. Although this is a fairly large object, its light is spread out over a large patch of sky, meaning it has a low surface brightness, thus it is best imaged with the 2m Faulkes Telescope. NovemberInteresting
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