PIGGYBACK ASTROPHOTO FEBRUARY

Abbreviations for the object names are as follows:
B=Barnard Cr=Collinder H=Harvard I=Index Catalog Mel=Melotte Sh=Sharpless Tr=Trumpler
Type abbreviations:
AST=Asterism of Stars Cl=open cluster Di=diffuse nebula DRK=Dark Nebula Gb=globular cluster
MW=Milky Way starcloud Pl=planetary nebula SNR= supernova remnant
Red=Red Star (Mostly 'N' Type)
For Red Stars the Size column is period in days.
Galaxy types
Sp=spiral El=elliptical Ir=irregular
Sizes are in arc minutes.
Constellation abbreviations are the IAU standard.
Constellations which are marked with < > around them, may be photographed in their entirety with a telephoto lens.
2000 coordinates, easy to use with Sky Atlas 2000 by Tirion.
 
FEBRUARY
CONSTELLATIONS THAT ARE WELL-PLACED AT 9:00 P.M. MID-MONTH:
Canis Major, <Canis Minor>, Gemini, Monoceros, Puppis
Name CON TYPE R.A.(2000) Dec Mag SIZE NOTES
M-41 CMA Cl 06 47.0 -20 44 6 32 150*, orange * in centr
2359 CMA Di 07 17.8 -13 13 -- 8.0 Duck Neb, UHC helps
Cr140 CMA Cl 07 23.9 -32 12 4.0 42 Tuft in the Dog's Tail
M-35 GEM Cl 06 08.9 +24 20 6 29 NGC 2158 1/2 deg SW
2158 GEM Cl 06 07.5 +24 06 8.6 5.0 near M35, compact
IC443 GEM SNR 06 16.9 +22 47 --- 50x40 Nr Eta GEM, use UHC
2244 MON Cl 06 32.4 +04 52 4.8 24 Rosette, Cl + neby
2261 MON Di 06 39.2 +08 44 -- 2x1 Hubble's Neb, comet like
2264 MON Cl 06 41.1 +09 53 3.9 60x30 Cone Nebula, Cl + Neb
M-50 MON Cl 07 03.2 -08 20 6 16 between Sirius-Procyon
I2177 MON Di 07 05.1 -10 42 --- 120x40 Eagle Nebula, faint
M-47 PUP Cl 07 36.6 -14 30 5 25 coarse cluster
M-46 PUP Cl 07 41.8 -14 49 7 27 150* mags 10...
M-93 PUP Cl 07 44.6 -23 52 6 18 bright and rich
2477 PUP Cl 07 52.3 -38 33 6 27 160* mags 6...
2539 PUP Cl 08 10.7 -12 50 6.5 22 rich, near M46 + M47