(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1300, NGC 1297 - Inst: 15 inch Obsession f4,5

Observation Poster: Armin Hermann <burmeseinn@yahoo.com>
Observer: Armin Hermann
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 13 Jan 2004
Location of site: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand (Lat 15N, Elev 200m)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5,7 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 9 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 15 inch Obsession f4,5
Magnification: 78x and 244x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 1300, NGC 1297
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Eri
Data: mag 11,1  size 6x4'
Position: RA :  DEC :
NGC 1300:
Gx, 11,1mag, 6x4, Eri. Very large and fairly faint galaxy with distinct bright 
core at 78x. The central bar is slightly brighter and surrounded by a faint 
halo. Very low surface brightness.At 244x the 2 spiral arms become obvious with 
the southern arm brighter and more distinct. The core is very compact, bright 
but not star-like. A faint foreground star is visible between the galaxies bar 
and the southern arm. Difficult object that requires very clear skies.
NGC 1297:
Gx, 13mag, 2,5x2, Eri. Just 20 N of NGC 1300. Very close to a 12mag star. At 
244x NGC1297 shows a slightly N-S elongated shape with a brighter large center. 
The surface brightness of the outer region is higher than that of neighboring 
1300. No mottling or detail. Nice pair with 1300 at 78x.
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