Iiro's DeepSky Sketches

Name: Hickson 68
RA: 13h 53m DEC: +40° 15'
Constellation: CVN
Type: Compact galaxy group
Magnitude: 11.1 (v)
Notes: The brightest galaxy NGC 5353
Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Location: Haakanala, Rautjärvi, Finland
Date: 3/4.3.2011 1:30
Instrument: Newton 457/2280 mm
Magnification: 326xFilter: -
Field: 15'Seeing: 4
Background sky: 2NE lim mag: 6.7
Visuality: 2Height: 64°
Weather: -4°C, windy
Description: A very bright Hickson cluster which contains five NGC-galaxies. C (NGC 5350) is the most special, the surface brightness is rather low but there is a faint spiral structure visible with averted vision. A (NGC 5353) and B (NGC 5354) are pretty bright elliptical hazes whereas D (NGC 5355) and E (NGC 5358) are smaller galaxies little bit farther from the main members.
Updated: 25.3.2011 23:03