The seasons have changed yet again, my friend... and I've come to take you away!
The skies have began to darken earlier, and at this time of year, the constellations have begun to dim. But there are riches yet to be explored!! Come, let us head out into the backyard, and see what we can find...
Horse, what horse? I don't see a horse! I see a kite! Now, let's grab onto it's "tail" and fly the skies! First stop in Pegasus is the lonely little red star, Enif. It will be our guidepost to the small (but impressive!) globular cluster, the M15. A moderately large scope should be able to pick off Stephen's Quintet, a galaxy group that is on the edge of challenge... and well worth the hunt!
And now that we're "getting our feet wet", let's head off into Aquarius! The globular cluster M2 is a relatively easy target for the small scope. And a binocular target in this constellation is the Saturn Nebula, with it's distinct shape. And the smaller scope should take the time to try for the Helix Nebula, which bears a strong resemblance to the "Ring" in Lyra!
Ah, Andromeda... how very forward I look to seeing you each year! There is no other galxy finer than this.. the M31 Clear, simple and plain. If you know where to find her... under a dark, moonless sky she will reveal herself, in all her distant beauty, to the naked eye! Love her, or leave her.. and she will remain as constant as time itself.
Now... let's do a litle "ghost" hunting! Triangulum is easy to find, but the "Flying Dutchman" of the galaxy world is a hard catch... The M33, is a very large, very diffuse galaxy. On the edge of a challenge target, you may only be able to find it two or three times a season! Happy haunting.... bwahahahahhahhahaa!
Oh, yeah. Put me in your chair, Cassiopeia... and rock me! This constellation is positively "loaded"! The M103, the NGC7789, and the M52 are merely scratching at the surface of this lovely lady. Double, triple and variable stars are hidden in the depths... as well as a host of clusters! This is one constellation that is easy to find yourself "lost" in!
The constellation of Perseus is last on our Fall Tour. For the small telescope or binoculars, the wide open cluster M34, is an excellent choice. But the NGC869 and NGC884, Perseus "Double Cluster", is a target practice must! And, I can never journey into this part of the sky without looking in on my own personal "demon" star...Algol!
Now... is that enough? (I can never get "enough" of YOU! ;-) Turn that rock and roll up a bit louder, will you? I'll fix us a pot of coffee and be back! Because I'm not going to let YOU get away without a CHALLENGE...