NGC 253, 247, 288
Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:29 PM
NGC 253 was faint to me at first and then showed a lot more with time and patience in my backyard. At the dark site it stuck right out, though still somewhat faint due to the sky conditons. Core was strong at times and appeared elliptical in shape with a diffused edge. At 92x I was able to see and detect some structure of the spiral nature. I used a XT10 and a 12.5 inch dob to view these objects.
NGC 288 was a nice globular with some good details at 240x. At 57x the globular is a nice ball of unresolved stars, while at 240x I could detect some individual stars across the globular.
NGC 247 was the last object seen. It was very dim in the sky due to conditions and due to the object. I could only detect it with averted vision and by keeping one eye dark adapted. Small but bright core.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 11:21 AM
Thanks for the nice sketches. I'm glad to see them, because they are allready a long time on my observing list. But in Belgium they are low in the sky and almost impossible to see from my backyard.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 11:30 AM
These are beautiful sketches of 3 great targets. You used just enough aperture to create the wonderful views for these excellent sketches. I like the presentation format as an eyepiece circular view.
Posted 22 November 2009 - 07:43 PM
Thank you for your comments. I wish I knew a way to get the galaxies to appear to fade in and out.
Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:54 AM
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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:08 PM
Excellent observations of NGC 247/253/288. You have captured these objects very nicely. They are all interesting targets. Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:15 PM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:18 AM