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Thread: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

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    Default NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.



    Last Tuesday 10-10-2018 I had a nice observing session at my local observatory. Several members were present. One half of them went observing with the 14 inch Meade, the other half with the 130 mm Starfire. I observed quite a number of nice Autumn highlights. NGC1023 was one of them. The sky was not very transparant, however. But on the 11th it was much better. At home I decided to do it all over again with my own 120 mm.

    NGC1023 looked very dim and pale on Tuesday through the 130 mm. On Wednesday things looked much better. I found out that a rather high magnification was necessary to reveal the shape. At least here under my LP skies. Nevertheless I thought it was a nice sight. Nice enough to share with you.


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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    I really enjoy your reports John, especially the sketches, thanks for these.
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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    Hello John,

    another very nice sketch from you!

    The NGC 1023 is one of those not many galaxies of this season, which can be viewed even under the LP.
    Thank you very much for sharing,

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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    This is a wonderful sketch John.
    You do a fine job of rendering from the EP!
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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    Nicely done sketch.
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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    Hi John. Yet another great sketch. Your NGC1023 almost looks like the Cigar Nebula (M82), except for the central division. Thanks for sharing your latest sketch with us John, and the best of wishes for many clear skies.
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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    Excellent John, a fine sketch of one of my favorite fall galaxies and as JG said, it presents itself well under LP conditions as well as with smaller apertures.

    I fondly recall one observation about five years ago with my 10 inch from our suburban backyard on a night of exceptional transparency. I noticed that there was a slight (though clear) enhanced at its eastern tip. This feature presented as a very subtle bump in brightness as well as being slightly offset from the main axis of NGC 1023, thus giving it the slightest of "hooked" appearances. This of course was PGC 10139 (NGC 1023A). This was a nice treat that I was not expecting at the time from that location.
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    Default Re: NGC 1023 through 5 inch refractors.

    Great sketch John! I checked my notes and NGC 1023 was the second galaxy I saw after Andromeda a few years back. I caught it from home with 120mm F5 achro at 90x. At that time I managed to resolve brighter core.

 

 

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