PIGGYBACK ASTROPHOTO - MARCH, APRIL, MAY

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.

MARCH
CONSTELLATIONS THAT ARE WELL-PLACED AT 9:00 P.M. MID-MONTH:
<Cancer, Carina, Lynx, Pyxis, Vela>
Name CON TYPE R.A.(2000) Dec Mag SIZE NOTES
M-44 CNC Cl 08 40.1 +19 59 4 90 Beehive, 200* to mag 14
M-67 CNC Cl 08 50.4 +11 49 7 18 dark spot near center
Y LYN Red 07 28.2 +46.0 6.9 7.5 110 orange, nice field

APRIL
CONSTELLATIONS THAT ARE WELL-PLACED AT 9:00 P.M. MID-MONTH:
<Crater>, Hydra, <Leo Minor>, Leo, Ursa Major, <Sextans>
Name CON TYPE R.A.(2000) Dec Mag SIZE NOTES
M-48 HYA Cl 08 13.8 -05 48 6 30 scattered group
V HYA Red 10 51.6 -21.3 6.5 12 533 reddest * known
M-101 UMA Sp 14 03.2 +54 21 8 22x22 large face-on spiral

MAY
CONSTELLATIONS THAT ARE WELL-PLACED AT 9:00 P.M. MID-MONTH:
<Canes Venatici>, Centaurus, <Coma Berenices>, <Corvus>, Virgo
Name CON TYPE R.A.(2000) Dec Mag SIZE NOTES
Y CVN Red 12 45.1 +45.4 5.0 6.4 158 La Superba
Mel111 COM Cl 12 25.0 +26 00 2.0 275 Coma Star Cluster
5128 CEN SOp 13 25.5 -43 01 8.0 18x15 equatorial dust lane
5139 CEN Gb 13 26.8 -47 29 3.7 36 Omega Centauri!
SS VIR Red 12 25.3 +00.7 6.0 9.6 355