"Considered as a collector of rare and precious things, the amateur astronomer has a great advantage over amateurs in other fields ... the amateur astronomer has access at all times to the original objects of his study; the masterworks of the heavens belong to him as much as to the great observatories of the world. And there is no privilege like that of being allowed to stand in the presence of the original." --Robert Burnham Jr, Burnham's Celestial Handbook
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Sky & Tel Contributing Editor
24" f/3.7 Starstructure
Adventures In Deep Space
7500+ NGC/IC Visual Descriptions
Quote:I just realized in this thread there really wasn't any descriptions of the galaxy, so here are my notes from a month ago --18" (3/13/10): gorgeous view at 280x! This detailed, edge-on spiral extends 9'x1.5' SW-NE. Well concentrated with a very bright, elongated core, roughly 3'x1.5' and noticeably mottled or dusty with brighter knots or spots near the core. The SW extension is more prominent and is easily traced to the outer tip. This extensions grow broadly to the core. In contrast, the NE extension fades rapidly after the core, so there is a sharper concentration to the core on the NE side of the core. The NE arm has a low surface brightness as it extends past a mag 13 star (close double) off the north flank. The galaxy has an unusual warped appearance with the SW and NE portions not aligned due to asymmetric extensions from the core.
Chuck D. Clawson, MI, USAProud owner of: Orion XT10i w/ Moonlite focuser & ZOC mirror, Celestron Ultima 8 PEC, Celestron C5+, Meade 90mm f/11 achromat (Model #390), and some random accessories (see bio).
Quote:I also checked out NGC 2903 in Leo, which isn't too far away. That one is another real gem.
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