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
Gaia16ajr in IC438A recent supernova has been detected by ESA's Gaia satellite in the spiral galaxy IC438!AprilUrgent
M83 - Spiral GalaxyMessier 83 is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light years away. AprilInteresting
M7 - Open ClusterMessier 7 is an open cluster in the Scorpious constellation. AprilInteresting
M3 - Globular ClusterMessier 3 is a globular cluster approximately 34,000 light years away from Earth.AprilInteresting
M64 - Black Eye GalaxyMessier 64, also known as the Black Eye Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located around 24 million light years away. AprilInteresting
NGC 3132 - Planetary NebulaThis pretty planetary nebula is found in the constellation of Vela and is also known as the Eight-Burst nebula. It lies at a distance of about 2000 light years.MarchInteresting
M53 - Globular ClusterThis beautiful cluster of stars can be found in the constellation of Coma Berenices at a distance of about 60,000 light years. MarchInteresting
Centaurus A (NGC 5128) - galaxyAs you may know, a supernova was recently reported in the Centaurus A galaxy (NGC 5128). The FT team are looking to get as many observations of this object as we can so that we can gather all the data and see how the object declines in brightness over time. MarchInteresting
M101 - The Pinwheel GalaxyM101 is a face-on spiral galaxy over 20 million light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major.MarchInteresting