Archive for November 2015

Observer’s Challenge Reports Complete: 2009 – 2020

November 6, 2015

During the winter of 2007, while visiting family in Las Vegas, I became a member of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. Fellow member, Fred Rayworth and I often talked about starting a monthly observing report. So, in February 2009, we started the the Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer’s Challenge Report. It would include galaxies, nebulae, clusters, and multiple stars.

We designed it primarily to promote visual observing, while allowing amateurs the opportunity to share their observations and work. It became quite popular and includes participants from various states and beyond, and has readers in over 100 foreign countries.

It’s always been my opinion that every amateur needs a goal, even if it’s to just to observe through an eyepiece on a regular basis. To that end, the Observer’s Challenge has inspired me to take my telescope outside, even when I would much rather have stayed inside. As of October 2020, the report will celebrate 141 consecutive monthly reports, with thousands of online views…quite an accomplishment for an amateur production.

As of October 2019, Sue French, former editor at Sky & Telescope Magazine became a part of the administration of the report, after being a participant for many years.

All OBSERVER’S CHALLENGE REPORTS TO-DATE:

September 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _Veil Nebula

August 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _M20

July 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _M8 

June 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _NGC 5689

May 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _M85 and NGC 4394

April 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _ NGC 3877

March 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _ NGC 2859

February 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _ NGC 1931

JANUARY 2020 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE _ NGC 1999

DECEMBER 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-1805

NOVEMBER 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-246

OCTOBER 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7448

SEPTEMBER 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-071

AUGUST 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-011

JULY 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6482

JUNE 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5377

MAY 2019 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4036-41

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

The following posts are 2009 thru 2018

FEBRUARY 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE M-1

MARCH 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE NGC-2403

SPRING 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE SUPPLEMENTAL – VIRGO DIAMOND

APRIL 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – MARKHARIANS CHAIN

MAY 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – LEO TRIO

JUNE 2009 MONTHLY OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-13

JULY 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-27

AUGUST 2009 MONTHLY OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-002

SEPTEMBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE NGC-7293

OCTOBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-253

NOVEMBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-891

DECEMBER 2009 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-474

JANUARY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2264

FEBRUARY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2903 and SUPPLEMENTAL

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

SPRING 2010 SUPPLEMENTAL OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-51

APRIL 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4889

MAY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4631

JUNE 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5907

SUMMER 2010 SUPPLEMENTAL OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6826

JULY 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6543

AUGUST 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-188

SEPTEMBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7331

OCTOBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6888

NOVEMBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-342

DECEMBER 2010 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-77

JANUARY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1333

FEBRUARY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2261

MARCH 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2419

APRIL 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3190

MAY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-97

JUNE 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-102

JULY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6645

AUGUST 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6819

SEPTEMBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6946

OCTOBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7380

NOVEMBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-281

DECEMBER 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-33

JANUARY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1502

FEBRUARY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – THETA ORIONIS

MARCH 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2362

APRIL 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3115

MAY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-64

JUNE 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5353

JULY 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-17

AUGUST 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-22

SEPTEMBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6826

OCTOBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7023

NOVEMBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-55

DECEMBER 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-457

JANUARY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1579

FEBRUARY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – MEL-71

MARCH 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-46 NGC-2438

APRIL 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2672

 MAY 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – PORRIMA

JUNE 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-5466

AUGUST 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6791

SEPTEMBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7044

OCTOBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-5146

NOVEMBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-1747

DECEMBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-40

JANUARY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1491

FEBRUARY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1664

MARCH 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2359

APRIL 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3893-3896

MAY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC- 4284 – 4290

JUNE 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-53 NGC – 5053

JULY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-101 NGC 5457

AUGUST 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6822

SEPTEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-030

OCTOBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7640

NOVEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0404

DECEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0672

JANUARY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1569

FEBRUARY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2158

MARCH 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2683

APRIL 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3184

MAY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4244

JUNE 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-083

JULY 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6503

AUGUST 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-016

SEPTEMBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7000

OCTOBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7128

NOVEMBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7789

DECEMBER 2015 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1023

JANUARY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-078

FEBRUARY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2237

MARCH 2012 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2362

APRIL 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3077

MAY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-100

JUNE 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-005

JULY 2016 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-092

AUGUST-2016-OBSERVERS-CHALLENGE-CHAPLES-ARC

SEPTEMBER-2016-OBSERVERS-CHALLENGE-NGC-7009

OCTOBER-2016-OBSERVERS-CHALLENGE-NGC-7479

NOVEMBER-2016-OBSERVERS-CHALLENGE-NGC-0206

DECEMBER-2016-OBSERVERS-CHALLENGE-M-74

JANUARY-2017-OBSERVERS-CHALLENGE-NGC-1545

FEBRUARY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – WINTER ALBIREO

MARCH 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-067

APRIL 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-3395-96

MAY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-098

JUNE 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6015

JULY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-014

AUGUST 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-024

SEPTEMBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6905

OCTOBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-015

NOVEMBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0772

DECEMBER 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-0925

JANUARY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1624

FEBRUARY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-041

MARCH 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-2371-72

APRIL 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-081-82

MAY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-4236

JUNE 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-051

JULY 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-004

AUGUST 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-1295

SEPTEMBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6818

OCTOBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7129

NOVEMBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-147

DECEMBER 2018 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1003