A Fall Observing List
Welcome to the Ghost Hunt Challenge Fall Observing Program
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The Ghost Hunt Challenge is a program of 109 fun and interesting showpiece objects in the fall sky. Originally designed to be a fall equivalent of the Messier Marathon, The Chost Hunt Challenge is a program that everyone can join in on, from beginners to advanced observers. If you are at the TAS Picnic, just observer as many objects as you can. Or you can use this list all season long, from September to December.
The rules are simple.
- If you are at the TAS Picnic, just observe as many of the 109 objects from
the list as you can, and submit your observations at the end of the night.
- Otherwise, observe all objects on the list, for a total of 109 objects to be observed.
- When recording
your observations, you need only log the date and time observed.
When you complete the program, submit your observations to TAS and you will receive recognition in the form of a certificate to display proudly. This program was originally designed to be used at the TAS Annual Picnic, but there really is no time limit in completing the program, and you may observe the objects from either the city or the country..
Any size telescope may be used.
- Manual Telescope
- Electronically Aided Telescope
All objects are listed in Right Ascension order so that you will know
are observable at the time of year that you attempt this program. Right Ascension
is in hours and minutes, while Declination is in degrees and minutes. Types
of objects are galaxies, open clusters, globular clusters, and planetaries. Many of the objects are on other lists, including the Messier list. Finally, size
is in minutes with planetaries in seconds. A Key is provided on each list.
Once you have completed the program and have filled out
the required logs, send your observations to:
Lloyd Lashbrook – TAS ObSIG
6001 Frontier Ln.
Plano, Tx. 75023