DEEP SKY OBSERVING
by Mark Wagner

November 2007 third quarter to new moon observing list. Primary targets are generally easy and in bold large font.. Secondary targets range from more difficult (bold) to very difficult (regular font) and are near the primary targets as you star hop. The list begins in the north and moves southward. Objects are within roughly a two hour section of right ascension that is at a comfortable elevation the east at astronomical dark. Download this list as a Megastar .obs file or an Excel spreadsheet.
Object Const. Type
Size
Mag
R.A.
Dec.

NGC 40 Cep PN
38"x35"
10.7
00 13 00
72 31 19
  Very regular circular appearance, very bright central star.Hints of structure in outer circular portion suggestive of shells.

Abell 86 Cep PN
63.0"
16.7
00 01 30
70 42 30
  Extremely faint, perhaps circular glow on the threshold of perception using 110X and 230X and OIII filtration.

N7762 Cep OC
11.0'
10.2
23 49 54
68 01 00
  About 100 stars in 20' field many mag 12-13 stars. Very large, fairly coarse, rich region near center shows six tight stars

Abell 83 Cas PN
47.0"
17.6
23 46 46
54 44 38
  Adverted vision, fleetingly an incredibly faint, small glow south of kite asterism of mag ~14 stars.

Abell 82 Cas PN
94.0"
13.0
23 45 47
57 03 56
  Abell 82 was again pretty big. It reminded me of a faint M27. There was some mottling in the planetary as well.

NGC 7789 Cas OC
15.0'
6.7
23 57 26
56 43 14
  Justifiably named the Magnificent Cluster. Swirling dark lanes and endless tons of stars.

Abell 2 Cas PN
36.0"
16.3
00 45 34
57 57 35
  100x with OIII filter is faint, fairly small, round, 30" diameter. Visible steadily at 220x with UHC filter as well-defined disc.

NGC 129 Cas OC
21.0'
6.5
00 29 54
60 13 00
  Easy star hop location. Very large, fills eyepiece at 100x.

NGC 136 Cas OC
1.2'
00 31 31
61 30 36
  7-8 faint stars in very tight, compact group over background haze.

NGC 225 Cas OC
12.0'
7.0
00 43 30
61 47 00
  At 49x, cluster looks like the letter W. Pretty sparse, perhaps 15-20 stars. Most of these are of similar magnitude.

NGC 381 Cas OC
6.0'
9.3
01 08 18
61 35 00
  Easiest is NGC 381, NGC 358 and 366 form pair of clusters.

M103 Cas OR
6.0'
7.4
01 33 22
60 39 30
  Lovely isosceles triangle just about a degree SE of delta Cas

M76 Per PN
167"
12.2
01 42 19
5134 45
  M76 at high power showed off an extended halo (about twice the size of the two familiar brighter lobes).

NGC 185 Cas GX
11.9'x10.1'
10.1
00 38 57
48 20 14
  Pretty bright, pretty much extended north-south. Concentrated nucleus, but not stellar. Satellite of M31.

NGC 278 And GX
2.2'x2.2'
11.5
00 52 04
47 33 00
 

Considerably bright, round. Concentrated nucleus is not quite stellar. Hints of mottling or structure in the halo.


M 110 And GX
21.9'x10.9'
8.9
00 40 22
41 41 22
  Almost rectangular, and brightens gradually toward central, elongated core, almost perpendicular to M31.

M31 And GX
192'x62.2'
4.4
00 42 44
41 16 08
  Two dust lanes, two satellite galaxies, globular clusters, blue supergiant knots, what a great galaxy.

M32 And GX
8.7'x6.4'
9.0
00 42 41
40 51 56
  Round galaxy with bright core, appears as an unresolved globular.

N0206 And Knot
4.0'x2.5'
00 40 32
40 44 31
  This is a star cloud in the spiral arms of M31.

AGC 262 And GXCL
100.8'
13.3
01 52 48
36 08 00
  NGC 703, 704, 705 and 708 form the center of this cluster.

NGC 404 And GX
3.4'x3.4'
11.2
01 09 27
35 23 08
  Cool little spherical patch that contrasts wonderfully with bright yellow Beta in the same FOV.

N0513 And GX
0.9'x0.6'
13.9
01 24 26
33 47 59
  Part of a very rich nearby galaxy field. Fairly faint, small, elongated WSW-ENE, weak concentration.

N0499 Psc GX
1.8'x1.2'
12.1
00 23 11
33 27 36
  Near NGC 513, in the thick of galaxy cluster. Brightest of galaxy in a cluster of which NGC 507 is the dominant member.

Arp 229 Psc GX
2.5'x2.5'
11.2
01 23 40
33 15 22
  NGC 507. A beautiful and ghostly arc of five galaxies curve 10' around mag 7.1 double star, reminiscent of Hickson 68.

N0410 Psc GX
2.4'x1.7'
12.5
01 10 58
33 09 06
  Moderately bright, moderately large, slightly elongated, broadly concentrated halo, stellar nucleus. In a trio with N407.

Arp 331 Psc GX
1.4'x0.9'
12.8
01 07 15
32 31 13
  NGC 383. Highlight is chain of eight galaxies running north/south spanning 15' from magnitude 12.8 to 14.3.

M33 Tri GX
65.6'x38.0'
6.3
01 33 50
30 39 37
  A glorious tangled swirl of ragged spiral arms, knots, H-II regions, and brilliant core.

N0315 Psc GX
3.2'x2.2'
12.2
00 57 49
30 21 10
  Equally-spaced trio of galaxies along a line 11' long. Big, bright, easily visible direct vision. Slightly oval, has bright core.

HCG 99 Peg GX
1.1'x0.4'
14.8
00 00 37
28 23 04
  UGC 12897. Very faint streak extending north of mag 11 star. Not noticed initially, once seen fairly easy to view.

N0023 And GX
2.1'x1.3'
12.9
00 09 53
25 55 23
  Fairly faint, fairly small, elongated NNW-SSE, diffuse.

HCG 1 And GX
1.7'x0.8'
14.9
00 26 07
23 43 30
  UGC 248 is a very faint glow, occasionally "B" esolved as separate very faint knot+B46.

N0214 And GX
1.8'x1.3'
13.0
00 41 28
25 29 58
  Fairly round, defuse, off-center core appears stellar.

HCG 8 And GX
0.5'x0.3'
15.2
00 49 34
23 34 44
  Clump of galaxies suspected, PGC2886 is peanut shaped ellipse.

M74 Psc GX
10.5'x9.5'
10.0
01 36 51
15 47 00
  Showed clear spiral arms and dust lanes.

N0514 Psc GX
4.2'x2.7'
12.2
01 24 04
12 54 59
  Fairly faint, fairly large, 2.5'x2.0', elongated ~E-W, broad weak concentration, low surface brightness.

Arp 119 Psc GX
1.3'x0.6'
14.7
01 19 24
12 26 50
  UGC 849, two spiral galaxies with perturbed disks.

HCG 5 Psc GX
0.9'x0.7'
14.9
00 38 54
07 03 45
  NGC 190. Striking group consisting of a compact triplet.

HCG 2 Psc GX
1.7'x0.8'
13.9
00 31 23
08 28 01
  UGC 312. A trio of galaxies plus a fainter member H2d.

HCG 100 Peg GX
1.2'x0.7'
14.1
00 01 20
13 06 40
  NGC7803 mag 13.7 brightest.. H100b seen Mrk 934 at mag 15.3.

NGC 7814 Peg GX
6.3'x2.2'
11.6
00 03 15
16 08 45
  Bright and fairly oval, with a very bright center.

HCG 94 Peg GX
1.0'x0.6'
14.3
23 17 12
18 42 03
  Seven members, only three visible. Located 32' SE of Hickson 93.

HCG 95 Peg GX
0.8'x0.5'
14.9
23 19 30
09 30 29
  NGC 7609, at 300x very faint relatively "large" diffuse oval. MCG +01-59-048 small, extremely faint, visible 20% of time.

HCG 96 Peg GX
1.0'x1.0'
13.9
23 27 56
08 46 43
  Arp 182. NGC 7674, a face-on spiral mag 13.5, like a mini M51.

N7742 Peg GX
1.7'
12.4
23 44 15
10 46 01
  A small, round Gx shows distinct core-halo structure at 250x.

N7785 Psc GX
2.4'x1.3'
12.6
23 55 19
05 54 57
  Looked like two short sausages smooshed end to end.

HCG 98 Psc GX
1.1'x0.6'
14.0
23 54 10
00 22 59
  NGC 7783 brightest member, moderately bright, fairly small, elongated 5:2. Forms near contact double with HCG 98B.

HCG 97 Psc GX
1.4'x0.7'
14.0
23 47 29
-02 18 08
  Four galaxies discovered by E.E. Barnard, aka Shahkbazian 30.

HCG 2 Psc GX
1.7'x0.8'
13.9
00 31 23
08 28 01
  UGC 312. A trio of galaxies plus a fainter member H2d.

HCG 5 Psc GX
0.9'x0.7'
14.9
00 38 54
07 03 45
  NGC 190. Striking group consisting of a compact triplet.

N0198 Psc GX
1.2'x1.1'
13.9
00 39 23
02 47 52
  Fairly faint, fairly small, round, weak concentration. Located within the N182 group with N200 6' NNE.

HCG 7 Cet GX
2.2'x0.8'
13.4
00 39 13
00 51 51
  Four NGC galaxies. Brightest = NGC 192, moderately bright, fairly small, very elongated 3:1 NNW-SSE, ~1.0'x0.3'.

AGC 119 Cet GXCL
39.2'
15.0
00 56 24
-01 15 00
  Mind-boggling 600 million light years, a dozen galaxies identified.

N0428 Cet GX
4.1'x1.1
11.9
01 12 56
00 58 53
  Fairly bright, moderately large, oval ~N-S, weak concentration.

N0125 Psc GX
1.6'x1.4'
13.1
00 28 50
02 50 19
  Shares field with NGCs 126, 127, 128 and 130.

Arp 67 Cet GX
1.8'x1.4'
14.0
01 21 16
-00 32 43
  UGC 892, small faint oval 1'x1.2' aligned E-W. Brighter almos stellar core with faint bar aligned NE-SW about .7' in length.

Arp 127 Cet GX
1.4'x1.1'
14.1
00 38 59
-00 09 10
  NGC 191 is interacting with IC 1563. Both viewed in 17.5".

Arp 133 Cet GX
1.8.'x1.8'
13.0
01 25 44
-01 22 42
  NGC 541. Three galaxies - two "Siamese-likeconnected." Ellipticals with nice clumpiness. With Arp 308 in AGC 194.

AGC 194 Cet GXCL
56'
13.9
01 25 36
-01 30 00
  Over fifteen galaxies in a stream nne to ssw.

Arp 121 Cet GX
2.1'x0.6'
14.5
00 59 23
-04 48 12
  MCG-1-3-51 & 52 - MCG-1-3-5. E-like galaxy close to and perturbing spiral.

N0357 Cet GX
2.4'x1.7'
12.0
01 03 21
-06 20 23
  Moderately bright, small, compact, very bright core.

N0337 Cet GX
2.9'x1.8'
12.1
00 59 50
-07 34 43
  Fairly bright large elongated, some brightening toward center.

Arp 19 Cet GX
1.9'x1.5'
13.2
00 31 45
-05 19 14
  NGC 145 - Spiral galaxy with detached segments.

HCG 3 Cet GX
0.8'x0.3'
15.5
00 34 13
-07 33 54
  B component viewed at mag 15.6.

NGC 157 Cet GX
4.2'x2.7'
11.0
00 34 46
-08 24 03
  Bright, large, oval 3:2 SW-NE, broad concentration, small bright core, mottled appearance, sharp edge along the E side.

HCG 6 Cet GX
0.5'x0.3'
15.7
00 39 13
-08 23 39
  Four very dim galaxies, brightest is mag 15.6.

Arp 127 Cet GX
1.4'x1.1'
14.1
00 38 59
-09 00 10
  NGC 191. Perturbing spiral galaxies.

N0217 Cet GX
2.6'x0.6'
13.5
00 41 33
-10 01 21
  Moderately bright, fairly small. This is a pretty edge-on 4:1 WNW-ESE with a small bright core and stellar nucleus.

N0151 Cet GX
3.7'x1.6'
12.3
00 34 02
-09 42 19
  Small, dim, oval, slightly brighter center (broadly). Elong about 2:1 E/W.

Arp 256 Cet GX
1.4'x0.9'
13.6
00 18 50
-10 21 44
  MCG-2-1-52 and MCG-2-1-51 are interacting. Mag 13.6 and 14.8.

Arp 222 Aqr GX
4.7'x3.5'
11.5
23 39 53
-12 17 38
  NGC 7727 - Very bright, much brighter center.

NGC 7723 Aqr GX
3.5'x2.3'
11.9
23 38 56
-12 57 38
  Big, diffused, with irregular shape. Looked like a distant globular.

NGC 246 Cet PN
4.1'
8.0
00 47 03
-11 52 20
  Responds well to OIII. Large, dim, nice detail, esp in edges.

Arp 251 Cet GX
0.8'x0.3'
15.5
00 53 48
-13 51 14
  Very difficult trio of galaxies at 1.1. to 1.4 B light years distant.

Arp 4 Cet GX
2.8'x2.3'
13.7
01 48 25
-12 22 52
  Often misidentified as NGC 599 or NGC 601. Is MGC-2-5-50.

N0175 Cet GX
2.1'x1.8'
12.9
00 37 21
-19 56 03
  Medium size, dim, low surf. br. Not much brighter center. Needs AV. Maybe elong E/W

NGC 247 Cet GX
21.4'x6.0'
9.1
00 47 08
-20 45 38
  Bright, very large, bright core, elongated 7:2 N-S, 14'x4'.

HCG 4 Cet GX
1.4'x1.0'
13.7
00 34 13
-21 26 18
  Five members ranging from mag 13.7 to 16.5.

HCG 9 Psc GX
0.7'x0.4'
15.3
00 54 20
-23 33 08
  "A" component viewed at 220x, very faint, very small, round, 20"-25" diameter, no concentration.

NGC 253 Cet GX
27.7'x6.7'
8.0
00 47 32
-25 17 20
  Very bright, large. Rich dust structure and mottling. SW extension has three faint HII knots visible near embedded star

NGC 288 Scl GC
13.0'
12.6
00 52 45
-26 34 51
  Core doesn't seem to be overly dense, resulting in the abililty to resolve quite a few stars.

N0024 Scl GX
6.7'x1.6'
12.2
00 09 56
-24 57 43
  Moderately bright, pretty edge-on 5:1 SW-NE, 4.0'x0.8', large bright core. Little known striking spiral.

 
 
Source catalogs:

Messier, Arp, Abell Planetary, Abell Galaxy Cluster (AGC), Hickson Compact Galaxy (HCG), Herschel 400, Herschel 400-II.

Herschel 400 are identified as NGCXXXX,
Herschel 400-II are indentified as NXXXX.
Descriptions are from the following web-sites:

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