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Re: (IAAC) OBJECT:NGC4762(edge-on galaxy) INST: 18" f/4.2 Newt (dob)



Dave.. I really appreciate your follows up!! I am working often off the
DeepSky 600, 
and somewhat in the dark as to where these galaxies show up in which
catalog, etc
>NGC 4762 is indeed a good edge-on spiral.  It is also one of the Herschel
>400 objects.  In fact, there is a sketch of this galaxy on page 31 of the
>Herschel 400 handbook.  I had a fine view of NGC 4762 on 5/24/98 UT
>through a 20" f/10 classical Cassegrain.
>
>Dave Mitsky
>ASH, DVAA
>
>Todd Gross wrote:
>
>> Observer:  Todd Gross
>> Your skill:  Intermediate
>> Date and UT of observation: 1/21/99 08:45GMT
>> Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
>> Site classification: Suburban
>> Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.9(estimated) zenith
>> Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): about 3 or 4
>> Moon up (phase?): No
>> Weather: Clear, snowcovered (light pollution)
>> Instrument: 18" Stabilite Newt f/4.2 1925mm fl
>> Magnifications: 83X,159X,226X, 96X,128x,196x binoviewer
>> Filters used: none
>> Object: NGC4762(edge-on)
>> Constellation: Virgo
>> Object data: Edge-on galaxy
>> Size(s): 1.7X8.7 min.
>> Position: RA1353 DEC+11:14
>> Magnitude: 10.3
>> Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  A-
>>
>> This is the best example of an edge-on galaxy I can think of.
>> Brilliant core, and wafer thin edge on. Very high surface
>> brightness, due to the compactness. Was visible, although not
>> as pretty, in 7" stopped-down aperture. Best observed at a bit
>> under 200X, but nice at all magnifications until you run out of
>> light. Thin-ness was reminscent of Saturn's rings when edge-on.
>> Thought I saw a dark lane running along axis with averted vision
>> at higher power, but it could have been an illusion. In the same low
>> power field as another Virgo galaxy, round.. not edge on like this
>> one. Bright, thin edge-ons like this are show stoppers! Also observed
>> NGC4958,4666,4536/4527,4526,4535,4608,4429 but was less impressed...
>> during this same session.
>>
>> thanks!
>> -Todd
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thanks! 
-Todd
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
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