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Old 06-11-2016, 04:53 PM
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Ozsky Spring 2016 Star Party - Galaxy Bonaza

I've been very slack in writing up any observations for a long time, but I'm just home from a week of astronomy and have my act together today. It's one of my favorite times of year for observing, galaxy season as the milky way hides on the horizon for a little bit and constellations like Fornax and Grus are high overhead. It's also the time of year to see a few northern treats like M31 and friends.

Location: Ozsky Spring 2016 - Markdale Homestead.
Telescope: 16" F4 Scope using an 8mm EP for 95% of objects.

With the exception of the ARP galaxies (current my main project) most objects came from working through the Nigh Sky Observers Guide for a few chapters so I haven't recorded long descriptions. Generally it's pretty much spot on. * or ** or even *** denotes objects worthy of another look.

In Fornax

NGC 922
NGC 986
NGC 1049 Bright core but small, extra galactic GC in Fornax dwarf
NGC 1079 *
NGC 1201
NGC 1255 *
NGC 1288
NGC 1292
NGC 1302
NGC 1316 **
NGC 1317
NGC 1326
NGC 1339
NGC 1341
NGC 1344
NGC 1350 **
NGC 1351
NGC 1360 ** Huge PN
NGC 1365 *** Huge bared spiral, arms extend well beyond the core. One of the best visual galaxies in the sky.

In Grus

NGC 7070 and NGC 7072
NGC 7075
NGC 7079
NGC 7117 and NGC 7118
NGC 7144 *
NGC 7145 *
IC 5148 *
NGC 7162 and NGC 7166 *
NGC 7213
IC 1581 *
NGC 7232A
NGC 7232 with NGC 7233 and NGC 7232B *
NGC 7410 *
NGC 7412 *
NGC 7418
NGC 7418A
IC 5264 and IC 1459 ** - 6 GX visible in one field.
NGC 7421
NGC 7424 **
NGC 7456
NGC 7462
NGC 7531
NGC 7552
NGC 7582 **
NGC 7590 **
NGC 7599 **

ARP Catalog Galaxies

ARP 39 - NGC 1347 asymmetry visible.
ARP 41 - NGC 1232 with companion NGC 1231A. Brighter core, no detail, companion visible.
ARP 77 ** - NGC 1097 and it's companion NGC 1097A - Spiral structure clearly visible, with one arm extending to the companion. (ARP 77)
ARP 108 - MGC-4-8-17 - Both MGC 4-8-17 and MGC-4-8-18 visible. Shape extended, but no spiral arms visible.
ARP 332 - IC 1892 GX Chain - NGC 1228,NGC 1229, NGC 1230 and IC1892 all visible as faint smudges.
ARP 13 - NGC 7448 - Very faint visible core and elongation. Challenge.
ARP 28 - NGC 7678 - Detected, no details visible.
ARP 99 - Hickson 93 - NGC 7549 Extended, but no arms visible. NGC 7547 and NGC 7550 shape obvious.
ARP 170 - NGC 7578 in Hickson 94 - Shape distinct -Detail and separation of galaxies unclear.
ARP 212 - NGC 7625 - Observed but no structure visible.
ARP 235 - NGC 14 - Slightly brightened core.
ARP 3 - MGC-1-57-16 - Could not confirm observation.
ARP 15 - NGC 7393 - Elongated with a hint of an elongated core.
ARP 50 - IC 1520 - Observed but no detail.
ARP 144 - NGC 7828 and NGC 2829 - Both cores visible but shape hard to make out.
ARP 51 - MCG-2-1-24 - Visible but difficult.
ARP 68 - NGC 7757 - Spiral structure visible.
ARP 92 - NGC 7602 and NGC 2603B - Only NGC 7603 visible.
ARP 150 - NGC 7609 - Hickson 95 - NGC 76509 obvious, MCG galaxies averted vision impression only. Difficult.
ARP 182 - NGC 7674 - Hickson 96 * - NGC 7674 and NGC 7675 obvious. NGC 7674 slightly elongated. MGC+1-59-81 companion detected.
ARP 216 - NGC 7679 and NGC 7682 - Both galaxies easy to see. Structure of 7679 teases.
ARP 222 - NGC 7727 - Core visible, Hard to define the edge. Bright.
ARP 223 - NGC 7585 - Visible, no indication of structure.
ARP 284 - NGC 7714 and NGC 7715 - Difficult to make out much structure - NGC 7714 shows elongation.
ARP 4 - MGC-2-5-50 and MGC-2-5-50a both observed.
ARP 8 - NGC 497 - Observed but no structure.
ARP 10 - UGC 1775 - Observed but no structure.
ARP 19 - NGC 145 - Observed but structure not visible.
ARP 59 - NGC 341 - NGC 341 and MCG-2-3-64 visible as a bulge.
ARP 75 - NCG 702 - Visible, but not structure or shape visible.


Other Great Stuff at this time of year.

NGC 253, NGC 457, NGC 55, M31, M32 and M110, NGC 1566
LMC including extra galactic GCs ...
SMC
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Old 07-11-2016, 12:39 PM
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Looks like you had a busy time James. Some nice clear nights for the visitors as well.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:15 PM
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Yes ! Lots of other objects observed and shared with local and international guests alike. I just only log objects which are part of some kind of project.

5 planets up. Lots of satellite tracking - did you know HST starts to show elongation at 225x while tracking ? Heaps of eye candy lollipops too.
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