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I'm designing an amateur astronomy observational plan for GCSE Astronomy students here in the UK. I would like some advise to the suitability of what I have selected as the content.

  • For the beginner level I have decided to see if they can image the various phases of the Moon across a 28 day period.
  • For the intermediate level I would say they could image the Pleiades.
  • For the advanced level I have decided they can create a mosaic of M31 from various narrow field-of-view images. (I would suggest imaging the LMC or SMC but we are based here in the northern hemisphere).

Would this be suitable targets over the course of a year?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you be more specific about what equipment you have? Cameras, scopes, guiding scopes, mounts, etc. $\endgroup$ – Off Grid Bob Sep 1 '16 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ @OffGridBob Hi Bob. Could we assume that they have say, something like a standard telescope and instrument+filters etc with a combined sum total of say £1500...? $\endgroup$ – MichaelJRoberts Sep 3 '16 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ Where are you? I would have thought M31 might be quite difficult if there is a lot of light pollution. $\endgroup$ – adrianmcmenamin Sep 4 '16 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ 50 degrees N latitude. $\endgroup$ – MichaelJRoberts Sep 4 '16 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ @adrianmcmenamin 50 degrees N latitude, mid-Cornwall, UK. Very dark spot. $\endgroup$ – MichaelJRoberts Sep 4 '16 at 13:32

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