January 2014 Observing Challenges at Reddit

Jan 3

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1/3/2014 1:29 PM  RssIcon

On the social media site reddit.com, there are wide-ranging sub-reddits for a variety of interests. One of them is astronomy, and a redditor recently postulated the idea of a monthly observing challenge for the readers there to try on their own. It's quite a list for January too, with 50 objects of varying observing difficulty ranging from easy to difficult. Many of the easier ones have been highlighted here at Eyes on the Sky, and I even posted links in that reddit post with links back here. So for 6 or 8 of them, these may be objects you've already observed or have some familiarity with finding and observing.

This is a great way to push your observational skills. There's no prize, no date to complete the objects - just a list of targets to try and find in the night sky. Why not give some these a shot, then post your observations at reddit? If I manage to get some clear skies when the temperature isn't in the sub-zero range, I'll be sure to look for many of these that I've not seen before myself.

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This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.