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 Post subject: Local Galaxies
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:59 am 
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Had a fabulous session, last night, the best night for seeing of the season so far. Using the 14 inch Dob, I managed to crank up the magnification to 330x on M110 and saw significant structure, mottling and bright regions. The other `sight of the night' was the Crystal Ball Nebula (NGC 1514) at the bottom of Perseus. I've seen this before; it is a beautiful, delicate sight.

But back to the local group of galaxies, I then attempted the dwarf galaxies quite near M31, NGC 185 & NGC 147. Alas, I couldn't spot them....but I should have been able to, then both being just a wee bit fainter than mag. 10.

Perhaps their small size is a challenge.

Has anyone ever seen any of these galaxies, please? :?


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 Post subject: Re: Local Galaxies
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:04 pm 
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It's easy to miss these galaxies if we look too close to M31.

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 Post subject: Re: Local Galaxies
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:42 am 
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Huh? :P

I used my star chart book!


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 Post subject: Re: Local Galaxies
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:33 pm 
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Oops! I was confusing your two NGC dwarf galaxies Nigel, with M32 and M110. It's these two that can be missed if we look too far into M31's extensive halo.

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 Post subject: Re: Local Galaxies
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:58 pm 
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Ah...now I understand, Brian! :lol:

I could never miss M32 and M110 with my aperture.... :wink:

I shall at some time have another attempt at finding NGC 185/147. Sometimes it's just a matter of persistence with tricky targets, isn't it. A case of `easy when you know how'!


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