Archive for November 2015

Observer’s Challenge: 2009 – 2019

November 6, 2015

By Roger Ivester

While visiting my son and family in Las Vegas during the winter of 2007, I became a member of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society.  

Soon afterwards, I began an email correspondence with one of the members, Fred Rayworth.  We discussed the possibility of developing a monthly report, primarily designed to promote visual observing, while allowing amateurs the opportunity to share their observations and work.  

Years ago, as far back as the mid-70’s, I envisioned such a report, but this was in the days before the internet, emails, and blogs.  

In February 2009, the first report was issued and the Observer’s Challenge officially began.  We will celebrate 123 consecutive monthly reports as of the April 2019 edition.  

The challenge report, so many times has inspired me to go outside, even when I would much rather have stayed inside.  

It’s always been my opinion that every amateur needs a goal.  It might be observing the Messier catalog, maybe the Herschel’s, or any of the other list of objects provided by the Astronomical League.  It could even be a serious scientific study or perhaps as a participant of the Observer’s Challenge itself!  

The list of potential projects is endless.  Amateur astronomy does not have to be boring!    

Effective October 2018:  I’m happy to announce that Sue French, Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine has agreed to become special advisor for the Observer’s Challenge report.  Sue has been a longtime supporter and this will allow her to help advance the report, using her many years of observing experience, her vast knowledge of the night sky and writing skills.

APRIL 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2964-68

MARCH 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2300  

FEBRUARY 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2175

JANUARY 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1514

december 2018 observers challenge – ngc-1003

NOVEMBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-147

OCTOBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7129

SEPTEMBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6818

AUGUST 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-1295-1

JULY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-004

JUNE 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-051

MAY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4236

APRIL 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-081-82-1

MARCH 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2371-72

FEBRUARY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-041

JANUARY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1624

DECEMBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0925

NOVEMBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0772

OCTOBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-015 2

SEPTEMBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6905

AUGUST 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-024

JULY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-014

JUNE 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6015

MAY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-098-1

APRIL 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3395-96

MARCH 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-067-1

FEBRUARY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – WINTER ALBIREO

january-2017-observers-challenge-ngc-1545-1

december-2016-observers-challenge-m-74

november-2016-observers-challenge-ngc-0206

october-2016-observers-challenge-ngc-7479

september-2016-observers-challenge-ngc-7009

august-2016-observers-challenge-chaples-arc

JULY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-092

JUNE 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-005

MAY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-100-1

APRIL 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3077

MARCH 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2392

FEBRUARY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2237

JANUARY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-078

DECEMBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1023

NOVEMBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7789

OCTOBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7128

SEPTEMBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7000-1

AUGUST 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-016

JULY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6503

JUNE 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-083

MAY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4244-1

APRIL 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3184

MARCH 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2683

FEBRUARY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2158

JANUARY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1569

DECEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0672

NOVEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0404

OCTOBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7640-2

SEPTEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-030-1

AUGUST 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6822

JULY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-101 NGC 5457

JUNE 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M053 NGC – 5053

MAY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC- 4284 – 4290

APRIL 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3893-3896

MARCH 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2359

FEBRUARY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1664

JANUARY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1491

DECEMBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-40

NOVEMBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-1747

OCTOBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-5146

SEPTEMBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7044

AUGUST 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6791

JULY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5981 5982 5985

JUNE 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5466

MAY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – PORRIMA

APRIL 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2672-1

MARCH 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-46 NGC-2438

FEBRUARY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – MEL-71

JANUARY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1579

DECEMBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-457

NOVEMBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0055

OCTOBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7023

SEPTEMBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6826

AUGUST 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-22

JULY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-17

JUNE 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5353

MAY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-64

APRIL 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3115

MARCH 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2362

FEBRUARY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – THETA ORIONIS

JANUARY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1502

DECEMBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-33

NOVEMBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-281

OCTOBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7380

SEPTEMBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6946

AUGUST 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6819

JULY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6645

JUNE 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-102

MAY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-97

APRIL 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3190

MARCH 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2419

FEBRUARY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2261

JANUARY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1333

DECEMBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-77

NOVEMBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-342

OCTOBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6888

SEPTEMBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7331

AUGUST 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-188

JULY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6543

JUNE 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5907

MAY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4631

APRIL 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4889

MARCH 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-405 IC-410 NGC 1893a

FEBRUARY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2903 and SUPPLEMENTAL

JANUARY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2264

DECEMBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-474

NOVEMBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-891

OCTOBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-253

SEPTEMBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE NGC-7293

AUGUST 2009 MONTHLY OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-002

JULY 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-27

JUNE 2009 MONTHLY OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-13

MAY 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – LEO TRIO

APRIL 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – MARKHARIANS CHAIN

MARCH 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE NGC-2403

FEBRUARY 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE M-1-1