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NGC 4038 and 4039, "The Antennae"

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#1 mandotrout

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:11 PM

Well, I've still been working at sketching; still need lots of practice. This is the second sketch I've posted: The Antennae Galaxies in Corvus. I did it after getting up early one morning after the moon had set. I'm not sure how this will look on other monitors. Seeing and transparency were a little below average, so it was pretty faint. The image is digitally manipulated quite a bit, but a good representation of what I observed nonetheless. Thanks for looking.

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#2 Jef De Wit

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:41 PM

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I never managed to see those two galaxies because they are low in the sky for me. So thanks for posting, it gives me a good idea what I will see with my 12" one day that the seeing will be excellent even low in the sky.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:07 PM

Very realistic view. Thanks Jeff

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:24 PM

Thanks, they're fairly low in the sky for me as well. I'm sure they would be much better farther South.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:32 PM

Thanks. Not to critique my own sketch, but now that I look at it after posting, it looks more like a nebula than a galaxy. It didn't look like that to me on my screen, but maybe the light conditions have changed. The joys of working in Photoshop. I was going for a more even appearance. I obviously didn't see all that filamentary-looking structure at all. More of a faint smudge with a dark gap down the middle and a little brightening in the "nodes". Back to the drawing board as they say. :crazy:

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:58 PM

That's almost exactly how they looked like to me, when I observed them. Except possibly that they were dimmer and less defined for me at 14 deg altititude :)

Great sketch.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:47 PM

Jeff,

I think they look nice.:waytogo: You can't see them from where I am on a good night.

Frank :)

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 12:44 AM

Jeff,

Your sketch reflects the two galaxies nicely. Here are other sketches of these merging galaxies and I think yours rates up there with them. Well done!

APOD Sketch NGC 4038/39

NGC 4038 Sketch

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 12:25 PM

A very nice drawing of this pair of merging galaxies, though they looked somewhat brighter than that from a very dark site I used to look at them. To me, they look like one of those old-fashioned inflatable life preservers.

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 02:59 PM

Tnanks Jay. Your blog is great. I'm thinking about jumping on the blogwagon.

#11 mandotrout

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 03:04 PM

Thanks Taras. These galaxies are pretty low in the sky here and are in the direction of the only light pollution I have. I'm sure they are much better the farther south one gets.

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:50 AM

Jeff,

An excellent observation of the Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038/4039). This is an interesting pair of colliding galaxies. I have seen them in a large Dobsonian as well. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 01:41 PM

Thanks. Not to critique my own sketch, but now that I look at it after posting, it looks more like a nebula than a galaxy. It didn't look like that to me on my screen, but maybe the light conditions have changed. The joys of working in Photoshop. I was going for a more even appearance. I obviously didn't see all that filamentary-looking structure at all. More of a faint smudge with a dark gap down the middle and a little brightening in the "nodes". Back to the drawing board as they say. :crazy:


Hi Jeff,

thank you very much for your nice sketch. I have seen "the antennae" only once till now, it was around april 2009 with an 8" GSO-Dobsonian telescope (200/1200, f/6).

May you tell us your fst (faintest star) or SQM that night? I'm really interested in your sketch because I'm going to have a look at that galaxy pair next week and I really hope to make a sketch as nice and detailed as yours. :bow:

Thanks
Costa

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:11 PM

Jeff
That is a great sketch.
Lynn

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:41 PM

That's nice... They look like tadpoles. I've never observed these guys from dark skies, so thanks for giving me a taste.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:38 AM

Many thanks everybody.

Costa: I'm not sure what my faintest star was that night. These galaxies were low in the sky and on their way down at that point, plus I have a little light pollution in that direction. Going by memory I'd say the faintest star would have been about 5.0; something like that. Not all that good really. Good luck to you with your observation.

Jeff

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:25 PM

That sketch is pretty good and sums up exactly how those galaxies look in an average-sized scope. It looks just fine on my monitor. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
I have seen those galaxies from lower latitudes than the UK - my own observing site is at 50 North, slightly further south (although not much) than Jef De Wit's location in Belgium, but I have also seen them from here, as our county has nothing but 60 miles of sea to the south between here and the next landfall, France. As you'd expect, such a low altitude doesn't make for great views.


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