SH040 – Find M76, NGC 752, and The PacMan Nebula

In Episode SH040 of Star Hopping…

We’ll look at the Andromeda region, and show you how to find Messier 76, the Little Dumbbell Nebula, the huge open cluster NGC 752, and the familiar shaped PacMan Nebula.


Well, we’re back to our spaceship set after returning from KPO’s European Astronomy Tour. It was a fantastic tour for me and my family. I hope you all enjoyed that series as we trekked around Europe visiting all the interesting observatories and astronomical destinations. I’d really love to hear your feedback on that series and the Star Hopping series in general; your comments let me know if I am on the right track with the content for the show, and it keeps me excited about making more like it, so it’s really important to me. Please let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment on our website, on our Facebook page, or here on YouTube. The links to all these places in cyberspace can be found at the end of this and every Star Hopping Episode.

So now we’re actually shooting these episodes in the observatory itself, so you might notice an improvement in the acoustics. It’s definitely a change from our last studio in Jacksonville, FL. Also, Now that I’m back to St. Cloud, I’ll be slowing down the pace of creating new YouTube episodes to one every two weeks. On the off weeks, I will be posting what will be called “Replays” on our Facebook page. These will be the corresponding episodes from the same time last year. So with this method you’ll still get weekly celestial goodness from Star Hopping. You can watch our Facebook page at Please feel free to join in the discussions there.

So onward and upward with Star Hopping. As we’ve now completed an entire yearly cycle on the show, I’ll be starting to cover some of the lesser known targets in the evening sky, since we’ve already presented the majority of the showpiece deep sky objects. But with that said, in each new Star Hopping episode, I’ll also make sure to reference the previous episodes for the same part of the sky, so you can check out everything in the area.

So we’re focusing in on the constellation of Andromeda and the surrounding area this week, with a planetary nebula, an open cluster, and a fairly bright emission nebula. We’ll check out the first target, the planetary, right after this break…

Get the rest of the script along with the images and star charts in the Field Notes Guide for this episode!

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • M 76 image by Ken Crawford / Rancho del Sol Observatory
  • NGC 752 and Galaxies image by Herbert Walter
  • NGC 281 image by Brookmar Observatory

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