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Old 29-06-2008, 02:43 PM
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Observation Report 31 May 2008 NGCLes

Hi All,

After having just gone to my regular "nearly dark" site last night, I just realised tat I forgot to post some observations from my trip there last month.

So here they are -- well overdue.

It was a strange old night that started out cloudless and with no (apparent) prospect of cloud based on the satellite. None the less, by about 9.30 it was all grey and after waiting around for a couple of hrs for it to clear, we headed home. The seeing was variable between poor and almost mediocre for the most part. It did settle to become quite okay -- about 15mins before the cloud simply formed in situ over us. The SQM readings every 20 mins were hovering in the 20.9 to 21.1 range.

I still got to see a bit in the couple of hrs before the cloud arrived. For the most part it is in Virgo and there is one quite nice group of eight galaxies in one field near the end. Here are the observations:

x185 27' TF

IC 773 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 18m 08.1s Dec: +06 08' 22"
Mag: 14.5 (P) S.B.: --- B-V: ---
Size: 1.1'x0.8' Class: SB0+? P.A.: 163 Inclination: ---
R.V.: --- Source: RC3

This is a quite to very small eg, almost *ar, there are two nearby stars, the closest is to the NE by 2' about 14th mag, in a very barren field. Very small, looks very distant elliptical or lenticular 20" diameter rising mod and evenly to centre where the e is an occasionally visible threshold magnitude *ar nucleus.



x185 27' TF

IC 3118 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 18m 11.1sDec: +09 30' 00"
Mag: 14.7 (P)S.B.: ---B-V: ---Size: 1.5'x0.6'
Class: Im: P.A.: 171Inclination: 5R.V.: ---Source: RC3

This is an exceptionally faint eg found immediately to the W, 1.5' W of a 12th mag *. Extremely LSB, occasionally visible small ellipse of mist 1' x 20" in PA 0 with no visible brightening to centre. Threshold.



x185 27' TF

NGC 4252 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 18m 30.9s Dec: +05 33' 33"
Mag: 14.8 (P) S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 1.7'x0.4'
Class: Sb? sp P.A.: 47 Inclination: 6 R.V.: +863 Source: RC3 *

NGC 4249 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 17m 59.4s Dec: +05 35' 56"
Mag: 14.9 S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 0.6'
Class: S0_1_(0) P.A.: --- Inclination: --- R.V.: --- Source: PGC *

This is another very faint and tiny eg,. A tiny elong ellipse of gossamer about 20" x 10", very very LSB with a weak central brightening or nucleus.

-49 is 7' NW of -52.is equally faint and about the same size or a fraction smaller, 15" diameter, round and rises slightly to centre without nucleus. Both are very faint egs.



x185 27' TF

IC 3131 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 18m 51.0s Dec: +07 51' 39"
Mag: 14.4 S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 1.0'x1.0' Class: S0/a
P.A.: --- Inclination: --- R.V.: --- Source: PGC *

This eg is found almost immediately to the E of a mag 12.5 * probably by only 1'. Pretty small, 40-50" diameter, round, low SB rising broadly and slightly to the centre azonally without nucleus.



x185 27' TF

IC 3136 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 18m 57.3s Dec: +06 11' 03"
Mag: 14.9 (P) S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 1.4'x0.5' Class: S
P.A.: 38 Inclination: 6 R.V.: +5594 Source: RC3

This eg is found in the same field as NGC 4260. By drawing a line from an 8th mag * NW through 4260 and extending it almost once lands on the eg. A very small and faint eg weakly elong in PA 15, it really is quite faint can be just held steadily with AV, 40" x 15" growing broadly and slightly to centre azonally without apparent nucleus.



x185 27' TF

IC 775 Multi-Galaxy Sys *
RA: 12h 18m 53.7s Dec: +12 54' 45"
Mag: 13.3 (V) S.B.: --- B-V: +0.98 Size: 1.2'x0.9'
Class: SB0- pec: P.A.: 16 Inclination: --- R.V.: +7702 Source: RC3 *

This eg is found about 2' W of a 10th mag *. Fairly small, probably 40-50" diameter, mod faint, round growing from pretty indefinite edges evenly and slightly without zones and at centre is a suspicion of a very faint threshold spot or stellaring.



x185 27' TF
x247 20' TF

IC 776 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 03.0s Dec: +08 51' 27"
Mag: 14.3 (B) S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 1.8'x1.0' Class: Sdm
P.A.: 46 Inclination: 4 R.V.: +2364 Source: RC3 *

Best at x185, this is an exceptionally faint eg pointed at by the long side of a RA tri elong in PA 0, where the RA * is not involved in pointing at the eg. It is small, I think round, 30" diameter with no visible nucleus with exceptionally LSB. A whiff of gossamer.



x185 27' TF

NGC 4261 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 23.2s Dec: +05 49' 29"
Mag: 10.4 (V) S.B.: 12.3 B-V: +0.99 Size: 4.3'x3.5'
Class: E2-3 P.A.: 150 Inclination: --- R.V.: +2210 Source: RC3 *

NGC 4264 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 36.0s Dec: +05 50' 52"
Mag: 12.8 (V) S.B.: 12.2 B-V: +0.88 Size: 1.1'x1.0'
Class: SB(rs)0+ P.A.: 105 Inclination: --- R.V.: +2650 Source: RC3 *

NGC 4257 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 06.3s Dec: +05 43' 35"
Mag: 14.9 (P) S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 1.5'x0.4' Class: Sab: sp
P.A.: 71 Inclination: --- R.V.: --- Source: RC3 *

Of these three -61 is the dominant member by far. It is a very bright eg. The three are in a line.

-61 is fairly bright -- elliptical type brightness profile, maybe 1.75' - 2.0' diameter brightening mod and evenly to the centre, and at centre is a very prominent stellaring or bright *ar nucleus. -64 is to the NE by 4'.

-64 has good SB, just on 1' diameter, round growing broadly and mod to centre with a small weakly brighter zone at centre. Quite bright, probably round. -57 is twice the distance from -61 but in the opposite direction -- to the SW.

-57 is a very small much fainter eg in about PA 60, 30" x 10" growing broadly and slightly to the axis near centre azonally and no apparent nucleus. Much fainter than the other two and lower SB.



x185 27' TF

NGC 4260 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 22.3s Dec: +06 05' 55"
Mag: 11.8 (V) S.B.: --- B-V: +0.92 Size: 3.9'x1.7' Class: SB(s)a
P.A.: 54 Inclination: 4 R.V.: +1886 Source: RC3 *

This eg is a field N of the -61 group. It is a mod bright eg, pretty large eg which is elong in about PA 45, an oval shaped outline 1.5' x 30" with good SB halo with indistinct edges growing broadly and slightly to centre where there is a small 20" x 10" mod brighter core zone with an occasional stellaring at centre.

x185 27' TF

NGC 4281 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 20m 21.5s Dec: +05 23' 10"
Mag: 12.3 (B) S.B.: 11.7 B-V: +0.96 Size: 3.2'x1.6'
Class: S0+: sp P.A.: 84 Inclination: 5 R.V.: +2685 Source: RC3 *

NGC 4270 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 49.5s Dec: +05 27' 48"
Mag: 13.1 (B) S.B.: 11.8 B-V: +0.88 Size: 2.3'x1.0'
Class: S0 P.A.: 111 Inclination: 6 R.V.: +2323 Source: RC3 *

NGC 4273 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 55.9s Dec: +05 20' 33"
Mag: 11.9 (V) S.B.: 12.4 B-V: +0.53 Size: 2.4'x1.5'
Class: SB(s)c P.A.: 0 Inclination: 4 R.V.: +2308 Source: RC3

NGC 4277 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 20m 03.7s Dec: +05 20' 28"
Mag: 13.4 (V) S.B.: --- B-V: +1.01 Size: 1.2'x1.2' Class: SAB(rs)0/a:
P.A.: 124 Inclination: --- R.V.: +2516 Source: RC3

NGC 4268 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 47.2s Dec: +05 17' 01"
Mag: 12.8 (V) S.B.: --- B-V: +1.04 Size: 2.0'x0.9' Class: SB0/a: sp
P.A.: 53 Inclination: 6 R.V.: +2335 Source: RC3 *

NGC 4259 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 22.2s Dec: +05 22' 34"
Mag: 14.6 (B) S.B.: --- B-V: +1.02 Size: 1.1'x0.5' Class: S0 sp
P.A.: 143 Inclination: 6 R.V.: +2487 Source: RC3 *

IC 3153 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 36.9s Dec: +05 23' 52"
Mag: 15.2 S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 0.5' Class: Sc(r)I-II
P.A.: --- Inclination: --- R.V.: --- Source: PGC *

NGC 4266 Galaxy *
RA: 12h 19m 42.4s Dec: +05 32' 21"
Mag: 14.6 (P) S.B.: --- B-V: ---
Size: 2.8'x0.6' Class: SB(s)a? sp P.A.: 74
Inclination: 7 R.V.: --- Source: RC3

This group of 8 egs all fit in one ep field pretty comfortably in the 12mm field. Three dominate the view. -81, -73 and -70 in a triangle on the E side of the field.

-81 is a pretty bright eg, much elong in PA 90, about 2.25' x 40" with a faint-sized elong core which is mod brighter than the halo but no apparent nucleus. Overall had good SB. -73 is 8' SW.

-73 is a good sized good SB eg about 1.5' x 1.0' in PA 0, roundish oval growing slightly and broadly to the centre, slightly brighter core-zone but no apparent nucleus. It has a small companion 2' E -- this is -77

-77 is a very small and faint eg, round 20-30" diameter rising slightly to the centre but no apparent core or nucleus.

3' SW of -73 is -68 which is a small but mod bright elong eg about 1.25' x 20" in PA 45, rising mod and broadly to the axis nr centre but no zones, core or nucleus. Good SB, lens shaped

9' WNW of -73 is -59 which is a quite small pretty faint eg, round 20" diameter growing broadly and slightly to the centre azonally without nucleus. 3' E is IC 3153

-IC 3153 is a very tiny hardly seen threshold scrap of gossamer about 20" diameter, round and no central brightening.

-70 is N from -73 by 8' and is 3rd brightest in group. Elong in PA 120, slightly smaller than -73. 1.25' x 40" good SB growing broadly and slightly to centre azonally with a small, occasional stellaring at centre. -66 is 6' NNW adjacent to a mag 9 *. That star hinders observing considerably.

-66 is a very elong wispy lens of gossamer in PA 60, 1' x 15" with no discernible structure. Very LSB.



IC 4679 Galaxy *
RA: 18h 11m 24.6s Dec: -56 15' 14"
Mag: 13.8 (P) S.B.: --- B-V: --- Size: 2.1'x0.8' Class: SB(s)cd
P.A.: 99 Inclination: --- R.V.: +3612 Source: RC3 *

This is a very small and faint elong eg in about PA 90 found nr an "L" shaped asterism of *s mags 10-11 to the N. It is a very LSB eg 1' x 30" growing broadly and weakly to the centre azonally without apparent nucleus. Quite to very LSB. Quite a starry field.

Best,

Les D
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