This is a continuation of the observing report I posted yesterday:
As with my previous post most observations are with my 25" f/5.
We had a another pretty good night, though it didn't start off that way. Clear all day and then high wispy clouds moved in. As the sun set the sky had a dulled blue grey look to it. Rats. Was looking great all day. But as the sky darkened the stars just got brighter and brighter. Turned out so nice and transparent I could see M33 naked eye. Hadn't done that in quite a while! As was the night before seeing was mediocre at best so small DSO's needed some loving care to tease any detail out. The planets didn't fair to well.
Here we go:
First is a negative observation. I had looked at Abell 84 the previous night with no problem. Looking at the DSS image the following morning I noticed there were three MAC galaxies just west of the planetary. And they looked quite bright. Here is the negative part. Couldn't see any of them. And they looked so promising. Oh, well. Larry Mitchell was set up right near me so I went over and moved his scope off of what he was looking at. I said that was for the MAC catalogue (he is the author). He laughed. But I did see one tonight. More on that later.
CED 211 was mentioned in a thread started by Scott Harrington last week. The previous night we didn't see the nebula as the seeing was quite rough at the time. Last night, though, seeing was much better and we were able to see CED 211, which is part the reddish star R Aquarii, as a faint haze around the star with one brighter extension to the south and a much fainter extension to the north. These extensions were very short.
NGC 7626 galaxy group. Looking at Uranometria I noticed this bunching of galaxies in Pegasus, not to far from CED 211. This turned out to be a very busy field with all kinds of galaxies represented. It also included a MAC galaxy I could see! Larry, you are forgiven. Two bright ellipticals anchor this group, N7626 and N7619, with all the other galaxies swarming around them like so many bees. I counted 15 galaxies in one FOV. 35mm Pan. The highlights are:
UGC 12535 and MAC 2321-0810A. These made a really nice, though quite faint, pair. The UGC is an edge on with a listed magnitude of 16.6. The MAC was slightly smaller an a tad brighter. I would estimate its magnitude at ~16.
UGC 12518 and NGC 7608. Both nearly edge on (6° inclinations) and very similar in brightness. 14.5 and 14 respectively. Curious that one is an NGC and the other is not.
WLM (UGCA 444) Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte is a very interesting galaxy. The galaxy is at the far fringes of the local group and shows very little evidence of interactions with other local group galaxies. Any irregularities, which there are some, are a product of it own environment. The galaxy itself is a football shaped haze around 12' long and 4' wide. It is in Cetus around 1° NE of the 6th magnitude star 1 Ceti. Of note, though, is not the galaxy but what is just on the western edge. The WLM 1 globular! Sitting just south of the 15th mag star GSC 5838:798 it is faintly visible as a hazy looking star. It compares nicely with the GSC star as the star stays point like while the globular starts getting nebulous as power is increased.
The following are the rest of the planetaries Scott Harrington featured in the recent Sky and Tel magazine:
B-V 2, PK 121+0.1 Pretty tough to see. A smallish round glow. No detail. Best with the UHC
Semeis 22 (SH2-188) This one looked amazing on the DSS but was a bust visually. They must have used their imagination filter when they took the image! With the OIII it was very tenuous with some hint of its banana shape.
IC 1747 Nice little planetary with what appears to be a tiny dark hole in the middle (4.7mm Ethos, ~625x). Not quite a ring but a hole, if that makes sense. Very cool.
HFG 1, PK 136+5.1 I dunno about this one. Maybe a little smudge with the OIII. Maybe.
HDW 2, PK 138+4.1 Nothing. Nada. Diddly squat. rien. nenio. wala. niets. mitte midagi.
IC 289 (Hubble 1) This was a nice one to end on. Looked round and smooth at first but with higher mags the planetary took on a more squarish look. One axis of the square slightly brighter then the other axis. If that makes sense. Some mottling near the center.
That's it. Did my usual bright stuff for an hour or so and headed in around 4am. This will be my last post for this trip as the weather is deteriorating and I will be headed home tomorrow.
Clear skies all!