NGC 4038 and 4039, "The Antennae"
Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:11 PM
Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:41 PM
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.
Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:24 PM
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:47 PM
I think they look nice. You can't see them from where I am on a good night.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 12:25 PM
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:50 AM
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.
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.
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.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:41 PM
Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:38 AM
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.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:25 PM
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.