Observing site: Ulvila Observatory, Finland
Instrument: C280/2750 mm (11” Catadioptric)
SQM: 20.36 – 20.41
Darkness of the background sky: 3
Weather: Clear sky, calm, -1C to -4C
Objects observed: NGC 1084, 1400, 1407 and 1788
During November 2016, I was able to do observing once. That happened in late November, in the night between 28th and 29th of November 2016. Then I went observing to Ulvila Observatory. During the night, I observed four objects in total.
My first object of this session, was NGC 1084, a galaxy in the constellation of Eridanus. This galaxy is located in the westernmost part of Eridanus, just at the boundary to Cetus. The galaxy can be located when moving 3 degrees NW from eta Eridani. Of this galaxy, I wrote as follows:
@165x, pretty bright galaxy, even brightness distribution, gets weakly brighter towards the core, strongly elongated, long axis in SW-NE -direction.
My next object for this session was NGC 1400, yet another galaxy in Eridanus.It can be located roughly 7 degrees SW from gamma Eridani. Of this object, I wrote following notes:
@165x, this galaxy appeared as a faint, shapeless, diffuse glow, the galaxy has a rather bright, almost stellar core.
My third object of the night was also a galaxy in Eridanus. This galaxy is located very close to NGC 1400, only 11′ NE from it. These two galaxies fit very well in the same field even with moderate power. Of this galaxy, I wrote followig notes:
@165x, this galaxy appeared as a rather small, relatively faint glow of light that is elongated in NW-SE -direction. The galaxy has rather bright, almost stellar core.
My fourth and last object for this session was NGC 1788, a small reflection nebula in Orion. This nebula is located near the boundary to Eridanus, and it can be located for example when moving about 2 degrees north from beta Eridani. Of this object, I made following notes:
@165x, a small reflecting nebula in Orion, the nebula appeared as a faint, diffuse and shapeless glow of light. There is a 10th magnitude star immediately NW of the nebula. This is perhaps the star that is illuminating the nebula? The nebula is actually quite easy!
So, that was my only observing session in November. November was quite cloudy month, so I didn’t got more observing opportunities. Next I’m going to be blogging about my observations in December 2016. Stay tuned for more posts!