(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2537 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 11/19/01 12:00am
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 22x, 30x, 60x, 110x, 146x
Object(s): NGC 2537
Category: External galaxy.
Data: mag 12.1 size 1.7'
Position: RA : DEC :
A bit of wind tonight, average transparency. Under such sky, the TV-102
Light Cup set out to hunt the "Bear Paw Galaxy".
Could not see it at 22x or 30x. Can see a dim smudge, fading in and out at
60x. At 110x, the galaxy show as large and round with averted vision, still
fading in and out. A mirrored S shape stars lies very near: 9.3 mag SAO 42213,
8.9 mag SAO 42214, 8.4 mag SAO 42225 and 9.1 mag SAO 42227. The galaxy lies
very close to a mag 11.1 star GSC 3408:150. Best view at 146x with the galaxy
showing much better, still with averted vision. Direct vision can now barely
see the galaxy. A very dim round smudge at both 110x and 146x. Here's a nice
photo of the galaxy I found on the web.
Unfornately, the TV-102 Light Cup was unable to see the paw shape. Now it is
more than ever determined to get the paw print from this very dim galaxy in
a rematch ;-).
Later consulting with the old master, Scott Houston, he noted that it "...looks
like a faint planetary nebula… When searching for this tiny object, use at
least 70x to avoid missing it." So apparently, he didn't see the paw either.
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