Iiro's DeepSky Sketches

Name: Hickson 88
RA: 20h 53m DEC: -5° 39'
Constellation: AQR
Type: Compact galaxy group
Magnitude: 13.3 (v)
Notes: The brightest galaxy NGC 6978
Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Location: Tähtikallio, Artjärvi, Finland
Date: 20/21.9.2009 23:05
Instrument: Newton 910/3640 mm
Magnification: 280xFilter: -
Field: 15'Seeing: 3
Background sky: 2NE lim mag: 6.7
Visuality: IIHeight: 22°
Weather: +10°C
Description: All four galaxies are included in NGC-catalog so they're quite bright. NGC 6976 (14.0 mag), NGC 6977 (13.3 mag) and NGC 6978 (13.3 mag) lie in the same line and even sorted by apparent sizes. NGC 6978 is elongated in NW-SE direction whereas NGC 6976 and -77 are nearly round. Instead NGC 6975 is more like a short needle.
Updated: 22.9.2009 21:48