Tuesday, 11 December 2012

M77



M77 / NGC1068 / Cetus A
Constellation - Cetus
Spiral galaxy
Distance - 47MLy
Mag 8.9

Date - 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
Transparency - Poor
SQM 21.45 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 8mm Delos x236 TFoV 0.18˚

Sketch notes
Very small galaxy that improved with lots of magnification. Bright core makes it an easy find even with low mag EP's.
High level cloud made the transparency poor making it very difficult to see any detail but I could just make out a couple spiral arms inside the halo of the galaxy.
Very nice object and will go back to under better conditions.

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