Object Type Magnification Notes
M 74Galaxy98xMessier Galaxy with a strong core and faint halo. Fairly large and slightly more oval than round. Low surface brightness so therefore easily overlooked in the field.
NGC 660Galaxy98xModerate sized galaxy with a faint 3:1 halo with a strong core.
NGC 665Galaxy98xSmall galaxy which is fairly difficult. No real detail or features. Even in brightness.
NGC 706Galaxy98xSmall compact with no real features or detail. A 13th Mag star sits right next the halo of this galaxy.
NGC 821Galaxy98xSmall galaxy with a strong core. A quite bright 10th Mag star sits right next to this galaxy. Quite conspicious.
NGC 742Galaxy98xA small galactic pair. No detail, however NGC742 is fainter and smaller and the two galaxies are definately separated. Both are fairly faint.
NGC 741Galaxy98xA small galactic pair. No detail, however NGC741 is brighter and the two galaxies are definately separated. Both are fairly faint.
NGC 718Galaxy98xSmall round galaxy with a distinct core. Moderately faint but noticable.
NGC 428Galaxy98xFaint slightly oval galaxy with a small core. Makes the apex of a isoceles triangle with two 9th Mag stars.
NGC 357Galaxy98xFaint galaxy with a small core, no other features or detail noted.
NGC 246Planetary Nebula98xLarge planetary nebula. Round and motley. Difficult without filters but once the UHC or OIII is used, this object is very detailed. Nice.
NGC 247Galaxy98xBright elongated oval galaxy, with no real detail noted, despite size and brightness. Well framed at this power.
NGC 253Galaxy98xSculptor galaxy. This galaxy is detailed and is heavily mottled. Adverted vision pulls allsorts of detail which is just too difficult to describe verbally. Nice and contrasty.
NGC 288Globular Cluster98xBig loosely concentrated globular cluster with about 300 resolved members. Definately Type 10.
NGC 134Galaxy98xBright galactic pair, NGC131 & NGC134. NGC131 is a 5:1 edge-on galaxy, very even in brightness with a slightly condensed core, but no mottling.
NGC 131Galaxy98xBright galactic pair, NGC131 & NGC134. NGC134 is small and slightly oval and is about the same brightness as the centre of NGC131. No detail.
NGC 55Galaxy98xLarge bright oval galaxy. Significantly brighter on the westen end of this galaxy. Very irregular and motley.
NGC 779Galaxy98xA 3:1 edge on spiral with a strong core. It has no other detail of note. Bright and conspicious.
NGC 908Galaxy98xLarge easy oval galaxy, with a significant brightening of the core but not stellar. Possibly a bit of irregularity. Nice object.
NGC 1187Galaxy98xFairly large galaxy, slightly more oval than round. This galaxy has a stellar core. Faint halo, suggest spiral structure. Good object for more aperture.
NGC 1325Galaxy98xFaintish edge-on (3:1) galaxy. A star is involved in the halo and is near the condensed core of this galaxy. Another star is involved in the outer halo.
NGC 1232Galaxy98xA large galaxy with a strong core and a very large faint halo. Clear evidence of irregularity so it suggest that spiral arms should be visible with higher power or greater aperture.
NGC 2100Open Cluster98xLMC Observing. Bright compact LMC cluster SE of the core of the Tarantula nebula. Unresolved and probably a globular cluster. Easy for all apertures.
NGC 2074Bright Nebula98xLMC Observing. Part of Henize 158, a 13 arcminute region directly S of the Trantula. NGC2074 is the brightest patch of N 158, a 3 arc minute oval patch. NGC2074 is the brightest patch of nebulosity that is within half a degree of NGC2070.
NGC 2060Open Cluster98xLMC Observing. Small cluster involved in a knot of the Trantula. Strong nebulousity, difficult to see the individual stars. 5 arc minutes from the core of the Tarantula.
NGC 1637Galaxy98xRound fairly faint galaxy with a tenuous halo but a strong core. No irregularity noted, but sure to be a face-on spiral.
NGC 1407Galaxy98xBright pair of round elliptical galaxies. Very similar in brightness with NGC1407 being a touch larger. These two galaxies are conspicious and look like a pair of headlights.
NGC 1400Galaxy98xBright pair of round elliptical galaxies. Very similar in brightness with NGC1407 being a touch larger. These two galaxies are conspicious and look like a pair of headlights.
NGC 1300Galaxy98xNice bright face-on spiral galaxy. Has a strong bar and a hint of spiral arms. Much irregularity. Conspicious.
N 164Bright Nebula98xHenize 164. 1/2 degree E of the Tarantula and 8 arcminutes N of NGC2100. Faint but noticable.
N 158ABright Nebula98xLMC Observing. Part of Henize 158, a 13 arcminute region directly S of the Trantula. A small faint patchof nebulosity N158A 10 arc minutes to the NE of NGC2074.
N 158Bright Nebula98xLMC Observing. Henize 158. This is a 13 arcminute region directly S of the Trantula. The brightest patch is a 3 arc minute oval patch. This patch is NGC2074. The next brightest patch is unclassified but is close to the centre of N 158. A small fainter patch N158A is 10 arc minutes to the NE of NGC2074. There are two NGC clusters involved within this object, but I did not notice these.
N 157CWBright Nebula98xHeinze 157CW. Small patch of nebulosity on the SW edge of the FOV. Brightest patch of nebulosity on the S and W edges of the Tarantula.
M 43Bright Nebula98xThe Orion Nebula. Logged for completeness. Haven't logged M43 for nearly 4 years.
M 42Bright Nebula98xThe Orion Nebula. Logged for completeness. Haven't logged M42 for nearly 4 years.
NGC 2482Open Cluster98xOpen cluster which has about 35 to 40 members oven even brightness. Really just a starry knot in the Milky Way. All members no brighter than 11th Mag. Loose making this object a Type 3 open cluster.
NGC 2392Planetary Nebula98xThe Eskimo. Has a very strong central star. Nebulosity strong and condensed. Good contrast.
M 38Open Cluster98xBright but loose Messier open cluster with over 100 stars. Type 3 and even in brightness. Most stars fainter than 10th Mag. Low down on the N horizon.
M 36Open Cluster98xCompact Messier Cluster. There are about 60 or 70 stars involved. Cluster is probably Type 2 being more compact and condensed than the nearby M37. Brightest stars are about 9th Mag.
M 35Open Cluster98xMessier Open Cluster. Has about 200 members of even brightness.
M 1Supernova Remnant98xThe Crab looks like a large galaxy with irregularity in the halo. Despite this it is very even in brightness. Clear and contrasty this morning.
 

Some old favourites were observed tonight, also some LMC Observing was conducted. This is a little strategy to systematicly observe the LMC, bit by bit every time I am out and the LMC is high. Did the 1/2 degree around the Tarantula tonight ending with Heinze 158.

NGC1407 & NGC1400 were good, like two headlights steering at you, from within a starry field. NGC 1187, NGC 1325 & NGC 1232 are worth a look if you have some serious aperture.

My Quikfinder was dead, left on from the last night I was out. What a pain. I am going to replace the broken one with a new one. Cannot change the batteries easy enough. No other issues, 1 battery set change on the Argo, must get the 12V wired up before I get out next.

Cloud rolled in at 5am, just as twilight started. Pretty lucky really.

Packed the Telescope up and headed home and arrived just on 6am.

 
 
Paul Kemp
13.1" f5 Reflector with Argo Navis
Auckland, New Zealand
36° 55' 09 " South, 174° 43' 30" East
-- The Southern Sentinel --