Galaxy NGC 7332 in Pegasus
Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:47 AM
Somewhat bright elliptical halo extended NNW to SSE. Suddenly brighter core region. Scintillating stellar nucleus becomes visible with averted vision. Reddish 10th magnitude star south, slightly following. 12th magnitude star south following. Companion galaxy NGC 7339 not visible.
So what aperture would be sufficient to reveal the companion galaxy under less than ideally dark skies such as my own? Would it take at least a 200mm, or could the galaxy be at least spotted with a somewhat smaller telescope? Opinions? Observations?
Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:44 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:07 AM
On the other hand, NGC 7332 is a nice galaxy, with a bright, almost starlike nucleus. It reminds me of NGC 3115 in Sextans.
Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:38 PM
Very interesting! A big to you both for your observations.
Clear and steady skies,
Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:34 PM
NGC 7332 was a very nice bright streak of ghostly light with hints of a central area while it took some time with AV to bring out 7339!! I didnt notice it at first but when i went back to it i could just make out its ghostly glow , after i finally caught a glimpse of it , it was visible with direct vision!!
If you know exactly where it is with regards to position to NGC 7332 you should be able to find it!!
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:36 AM
7332 was pretty obvious in the 16"LB, but 7339 was a little stinker - AV was definitely needed to pick out its boundaries. Detection might have been easier if not for the eternal 'average' transparency of northcentral Wisconsin, but we have to work with what we've got, don't we?
Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:45 AM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:33 AM