(IAAC) Obj: NGC4038 & NGC4039 (Ringtail galaxy) - Inst: 30CM SCT, f:10; MEADE LX200

Observation Poster: Jim Anderson <madmoon@bellsouth.net>
Observer: Jim Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 03042002/21:50EST
Location of site: Pettigrew State Park, NC (Lat 35:47, Elev 20')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 8/10 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30CM SCT, f:10;  MEADE LX200
Magnification: 117x, 203x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC4038 & NGC4039 (Ringtail galaxy)
Category: External galaxy.
Class: See Description
Constellation: Crv
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
NGC4038; RA12:01:53, DEC-18:52.3; 10.3v; Sz: 2.6'x1.8'; PA=60*; Gal; Sp.
  117x-203x - the Ringtail Galaxy is an irregular oval with a tail wrapping 
  East and southward. Tail is very faint requiring averted vision. The halo
  exhibits some clumping. It lies north from NGC4039.
NGC4039; RA12:01.9, DEC-18:53.5; 10.6V; Sz: 3.2'x2.2'; PA=130*; Gal; ?
  117x-203x - NGC4039, the southern component is tadpole shaped, fainter than
  NGC4038, but with bright rim along the northern edge. The bright rim may be
  the remains of the core, but it does not seem well organized. The halo
  appears motteled. The faint tail sweeps Northeastward and it is so faint that
  I can see it only occasionally with averted vision.
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