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(IAAC) Object: ngc499, ngc513, ngc523 - Instrument: Newt 4.5" f/4.25



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-11-09, 04:15 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 4.8
Seeing: 3+ - medium good
Moon up: no
Instrument: Reflector 4.5" f/4.25
Magnification: 20x, 40x, 65x
Filters used: None
Object: ngc499, ngc513, ngc523
Category: Spiral and elliptical galaxies
Constellation: And/Psc border
Data: mags 12  sizes 1' to 4'
RA/DE: Centered around 01h23m  +33o30m
Description:
To my astonishment, this trio of galaxies was spotted
near a 7th mag star, while on a star hop to M33 from
Mirach in And! A faint hint was spotted at 40x, and a
check of a good star chart led to the identification of
these three from a clump of faint galaxies using 65x.
Verification confirmed using a sketch and a detailed
starchart (xephem with the Hubble GSC) later, relative
to a bright right triangle of 5th/6th mag stars nearby
in Pisces. Just goes to show, there's no telling what
can be seen in a "toy" from your back yard! [However,
nearby ngc507, with higher total magnitude 11.2, could
NOT be detected that night!]