Observing site: Stormälö, Parainen, Finland
Instrument: N250/1200 mm (10” Newton)
SQM: 21.03 – 21.17
Darkness of the background sky: 1
Weather: Clear sky, fresh breeze, dry air, +11C – +9C
Objects observed: NGC 6207, 6247, 7217, 7448, 488, 524, 2742A and 2768
I got yet another observing chance in the very end of September, when the sky was clear and Moon was not interfering. During the night between 30.9. and 1.10.2016 I drove to my Stormälö observing site in Parainen, Finland. During the night the sky was clear, but it was very windy! The wind was causing slight problems, but on the other hand, because of it, the air was dry and there weren’t any humidity problems during this night, which is actually quite exceptional here in Finland!
I started my observing session by observing NGC 6207, a galaxy in the vicinity of Messier 13, the Great Cluster of Hercules. This galaxy is located only 0,5 degrees NE from the cluster. Of this object I wrote following notes:
@120x a rather small, elongated galaxy, long axis in SW-NE -direction, the galaxy has a bright, almost stellar core. The galaxy seems to be in edge on -position. Very close to Messier 13!
After having observed NGC 6207, I aimed my scope to NGC 6426, a globular cluster located in Ophiuchus, just 1,5 degrees SSE from beta Ophiuchi. Of this object, I wrote as follows:
@71x a small and faint globular cluster, appears as a diffuse nebulous patch. The brightness distribution of the cluster appears to be pretty even. The object is best visible with averted vision and sweeping.
My third object of this night was NGC 7217, a galaxy located in the northwestern corner of Pegasus, nearly 8 degrees W from eta Pegasi. Of this object I wrote following notes:
@120x, a small but bright and compact galaxy with bright core. The galaxy appears to be round in shape. The galaxy was already visible with 31x magnification.
My fourth object of the night, NGC 7448, was actually an unplanned duplicate observation. I had already observed this in early September in Leistilänjärvi, but for some reason I just didn’t remember, that I had observed it recently. Anyway, here are my notes of this object from this session:
@120x, a galaxy that is elongated in NW-SE -direction, it is apparently in edge on -position, the galaxy has even light distribution and it is pretty bright and easy.
My fifth object of this rather productive night was NGC 488, a galaxy located 4 degrees SW from mu Piscium. Of this object, I wrote:
@120x, a small, moderately bright galaxy. The galaxy appeared as a round, nebulous patch, that gets slightly brighter towards center. The galaxy is slightly elongated with long axis in NW-SE -direction
After having observed NGC 488, I went on to observe NGC 524, yet another galaxy in Pisces. This galaxy is located roughly 3,5 degrees NW from mu Piscium. This object inspired me to write following notes:
@120x, a small galaxy, that appears as a roundish, nebulous patch, relatively bright, gets slowly brighter towards the core, the core is slightly diffuse, non-stellar
Last two of my objects of this session were located in the opposite direction of the sky, these last two objects reside in Ursa major, the Great Bear of the northern sky. The second last object of my session was NGC 2742A, a galaxy located in western part of Ursa major, 6 degrees NW from upsilon Ursa majoris. Of this object I wrote as follows:
@120x, this galaxy appeared as a very faint, diffuse patch of light, the galaxy seems to be elongated with long axis in NW-SE -orientation, best with averted vision and sweeping, low surface brightness, even brightness distribution, not visible with 31x magnification
My last object of this night was NGC 2768, located 5 degrees W from upsilon Uma and 2 degrees south of NGC 2742A. Of this object I wrote following lines:
@120x, a pretty bright galaxy, elongated in W-E -direction, gets moderately brighter towards the core, core non-stellar, pretty easy object, visible already with 31x.
So these were my observations in September 2016. Stay tuned for more observation reports!