Friday, 27 May 2016

M83 (N5236)

 M83, the brightest 'face-on' galaxy in the southern sky, it seems - at least for large spirals. Separating the 'arms' from the general round glow isn't so easy - and is very 'seeing' dependent. This was a good May night in 2015 - despite the gusts. Star mags. shown in case you spot a SN!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

N2442 Meathook Galaxy

A large but faint galaxy in the southern constellation Volans, the Flying Fish. This area is severely reddened by interstellar dust. The little Palomar galaxy, lower right, is brighter than any part of the so-called Meathook! A big challenge for the ten inch Dob, it would be spectacular in larger 'scopes. The tiny central nucleus was just seen in a 9mm eyepiece at steady moments.The central bar is easier - but the trailing arms are hard to get: the lower (northern) one is 'held' at times. Herschel J saw it as two objects and it has NGC numbers 2442 and 2443. Easily missed in a 'sweep' it is a rewarding object once the field is located.