(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1399, NGC 1404, Fornax Cluster - 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: 14 Nov 2004
Location of site: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand (Lat 15N, Elev 200m)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 9 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 15 inch Obsession f4,5
Magnification: 131 & 244x
Object(s): NGC 1399, NGC 1404, Fornax Cluster
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: For
Data: mag various  size various
Position: RA :  DEC -35:
With the help of the Night Sky Observer's Guide I did scan through the Fornax I 
cluster. I could identify all 15 plotted galaxies and saw several more faint 
ones that are not catalogued in the Observer's Guide. The brightest of all 
cluster members are NGC 1399 and 1404 (8,8 and 9,7magv) They reminded me of M84 
and M86. Both are bright eliptical galaxies that show no details such as spiral 
structure or else. In fact - non of the members of the Fornax Cluster does show 
more than differently shaped ovals with more or less bright cores and centers. 
The overall number of galaxies I could see was around 20 in a field of 3 
degrees diameter. Some 10 members of the cluster are brighter than 12magv!
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