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Old 03-12-2013, 09:48 PM
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some galaxies in constellations beginning with "P"

Precious little chance to observe recently, and not much to sit down and type up these notes from 2 months ago!

3 & 5/10/2013

Telescope 400mm f4.9 tri-dob reflector
Eyepieces 28mm UWAN, 17 Ethos ,13,9 mm Naglers, Paracorr
Navigation: Uranometria

p= preceding
f= following

2200 Seeing good, transparency fair


NGC 7690 GX in Phoenix
250x 2x1 Np-Sf oval glow with extended central brightness in faint halo


NGC 7689 GX in Phoenix
250x 3x2 Np-Sf smooth oval glow, no marked central brightness.


NGC 625 GX in Phoenix
250x 4x2 impressive p-f oval, mottled with extended bright area to f side of centre


5/10/2013



2100 Seeing poor, transparency good


NGC 6752 GC in Pavo
135x 12 dia. Such a beautiful GC, many resolved stars, quite a marked central core but with numerous arcs of stars splayed out. A large pair of counter arcs to f side and other shorter arcs and lines give the impressive of a giant stellar spider.


NGC 6769/70/71 GX in Pavo
175x These 3 faintish galaxies form a triangle with the 5 base made by 1769 & 1770. 1769 is the brightest of the group and has a distinct central brightness in its 1.5 halo. 1770 is similar in shape but a bit fainter and perhaps smaller. 1771 is a Np-Sf 2 long edge on glow with central brightening.


IC 4842 GX Pavo
175x 14 Sf of NGC 1770 this is a 2x1 Sp-Nf oval glow with a foreground star over the Sp pole and stellar brightness at the centre unclear whether this could be another foreground star.


NGC 6782 GX Pavo
175x 2x1 N-S oval glow with extended bright centre.


NGC 7020 GX in Pavo
175x 3x1 Np-Sf glow with marked central brightening which at first glance appears closer to the N end of the GX. Closer observation reveals that this is because the N half of the galaxy is fainter. Two nearby bright stars need to be excluded from the FOV for good view of the galaxy.


I then spend quite a bit of time lost in Pegasus Galaxy cluster I finishing the session with



NGC 7814 GX in Pegasus
175x 5x3 Np-Sf oval bright glow, but with no central brightness or features to report.
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Old 19-12-2013, 02:14 PM
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Great report Paddy, many thanks for sharing.

NGC 6752 in Pavo is an absolutely gorgeous GC for sure.
In my report I had, " One of the prettiest GC's I've seen! Very bright, granulated, bright core and bright stars sprayed out. Good size. Bright (mag 6?) star to the right. Heavier concentration N of GC, S of GC are two trails of stars. Elongated south. 120x."
It pretty much matches your report- and I observed it thru light pollution. Definitely has become one of my favourites.

I'll have to see if any galaxies on your list are within reach for me. I did try NGC 6744 GX in Pavo (not on your list) a couple of times but failed and I think that was one of the brighter ones in that area.
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Old 23-12-2013, 09:19 PM
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Thanks Suzie. NGC 6744 is a a bit of a challenge for light polluted skies as it's face on. I think all of the others would also like a dark sky.

Here's hoping for some clear skies in the next few days!
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