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Re: (IAAC) Re: [bigdob] The Antennae in Corvus (vs. other nearby galaxies)



I happen to have a 32 inch f4 homebuilt scope, but as a cardiologist I have always
seen the Antennae as a heart shape with the two lobes, not as a pair of lungs. I
suppose this is an example of seeing and interpreting our views through the prism of
our training.
Mario Motta
Dave Mitsky wrote:
> Lew Gramer wrote:
>
> > A thread has sprung up on the 'bigdob' mailing list about the Antennae or
> > "Ringtail Snorter" galaxies, NGC 4038/4039, down near the Crv/Crt border.
> >
> > Amir Bernat quite rightly asks:
> > >Maybe you could compare [the Antennae] with another galaxy [for visibility]?
> >
> > Amir, that's a wonderful question. Again, because of the wide variability of
> > observers' conditions (and especially these objects' elevation), as well as
> > the wide variety of observers' experiences, it is a tough query to answer.
> >
>
> My best view of the Antennae was at the 1995 Winter Star Party where I had the
> pleasure of seeing these interacting galaxies through the 36" f/5 Yard Scope,
> which was still owned by Tom Clark at the time.  NGC 4038/9 looked remarkably like
> a pair of human lungs to me.
>
> >From the ASH Naylor Observatory (http://www.astrohbg.org) they are a somewhat
> difficult objects through a 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain under magnitude 5 to 5.5
> skies.
>
> Dave Mitsky
> Harrisburg, PA
>
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