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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3185, NGC 3187, NGC 3190, NGC 3193 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)



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Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@cox.net>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 02/16/02 1am PST
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft.)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.7 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8, moisture, Light pollution obliterated <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 73x, 110x
Filter(s): 
Object(s): NGC 3185, NGC 3187, NGC 3190, NGC 3193
Category: External galaxy.
Class: 
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 12.2, 13.4, 11.2, 10.9  size 2.3' x 1.6', 3.4' x 1.5', 4.3' x 1.5', 3.0' x 2.7'
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
Next was the Hickson 44 group rematched. If you recall, the TV-102 Light Cup only caught NGC 3190 and 3193 the first time.  See link.
http://www.visualdeepsky.org/netastrocatalog/msg03021.html
Well, tonight it bagged the mag 12.2 NGC 3185 and could be seen with averted 
vision at 73x. With great effort and moving the nasty mag 7.6 star SAO 81276 
out of the FOV which was destroying my dark adapted vision, it caught a glimpse
(i.e. at the very edge of detection - very difficult) of the mag 13.4 NGC 3187 
at 110x. I noted the 4 stars that formed a parallelogram to reference later: 
GSC 1425:565, GSC 1425:521, GSC 1425:771 and GSC 1425:779. They are all brighter than the NGC 3187.  Checking my sketch with The Sky software later, I 
confirmed its position! The TV-102 Light Cup finally completed this Hickson 44 
group!
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