First time out for a while. Was going to go to Hamilton and observe with Dave Brock, however the cloud rolled in the late afternoon, so I decided to head North to Kumeu.

Arrived at about 6:20pm and set-up. Alan Kane arrived not long after. Dave Moorhouse was already there doing some maintance on his observatory. Started observing at about 7pm. Plan to catch up with objects in the N.

 
Observations as follows;
 
Object Type Magnification Notes
M105 Galaxy
113X
Bright Messier elliptical making a galactic pair with NGC"384.
NGC3367 Galaxy
113X
Fairly faint galaxy with a small core. Makes an equilateral triangle with two 9th mag stars.
NGC3377 Galaxy
113X
Compact elliptical galaxy with a strong core, just on the edge of the field of the previous object NGC3367. Slightly more oval than round.
NGC3412 Galaxy
113X
Small compact 3:1 oval galaxy which has a strong condensed core, probably elliptical. Runs N-S.
NGC3189 Galaxy
113X
Small bright oval galaxy in a group of galaxies. Missed the nearby NGC3187 but observed the bright round NGC3193.
NGC3193 Galaxy
113X
Small group of galaxies in Leo. Small round and compact close by a 10th mag star.
NGC3489 Galaxy
113X
Small compact galaxy with a condensed core. Slightly more oval than round.
NGC3593 Galaxy
113X
Small oval elliptical galaxy, with a moderate core. Sparse field.
NGC3705 Galaxy
113X
Fairly bright oval galaxy with a strong core. Two 8th mag stars in the FOV. Nicest FOV observed tonight with a moderate starry field.
NGC3607 Galaxy
113X
Nice galactic pair with NGC3608. Large round elliptical with a strong core.
NGC3608 Galaxy
113X
Nice galactic pair with NGC3607. Small round elliptical with a strong core, fainter than the nearby NGC3607.
NGC3626 Galaxy
113X
Small galaxy with a strong core, but no other detail of note.
M65
Leo Triplet
Galaxy
113X
 
M66
Leo Triplet
Galaxy
113X
 
NGC3628
Leo Triplet
Galaxy
113X
M96 Galaxy
113X
M96, bright barred spiral galaxy.
NGC4064 Galaxy
113X
Faint diffuse galaxy, low down in the North. No detail noted.
NGC4251 Galaxy
113X
Small faint galaxy. 7th Mag star E in the FOV. No detail noted.
NGC4274 Galaxy
113X
Faintish galaxy, oval. Not to difficult despite low contrast in the N.
NGC4314 Galaxy
113X
Small faint galaxy with no detail of note. Poor contrast.
NGC4450 Galaxy
113X
Fairly bright and large galaxy. Round with a strong core, but not stellar.
NGC4448 Galaxy
113X
Galaxy low down in the N. No detail noted but visible.
NGC4494 Galaxy
113X
Fairly bright, round galaxy with the appearance of a small comapct unresolved globular.
NGC4414 Galaxy
113X
Small bright oval galaxy with a strong core. Fairly conspicious despite low contrast.
NGC4559 Galaxy
113X
Large diffuse, low surface brightness galaxy with no detail. Not easy to spot with the contrast poor in the N.
NGC4725 Galaxy
113X
Large diffuse galaxy with a strong stellar core. The halo is very faint but is noticable with close examination. Probably a spiral.
NGC4710 Galaxy
113X
Fairly bright 5:1 oval galaxy. Easy with a moderate core and a hint of irregularity. Nice.
NGC4689 Galaxy
113X
Very faint galaxy with no real detail. Has a bright 6th mag star in the FOV making the galaxy harder to see than normal.
NGC5053 Globular Cluster
113X
Large faint globular cluster. Very diffuse and loose. Probably type X.
NGC4565 Galaxy
113X
A large edge-on galaxy, with a dark lane. Contrast making this object less spectactular than normal.
M64
Black Eye Galaxy
Galaxy
113X
Bright Messier galaxy with a dark patch. Nice.
M94 Galaxy
113X
Bright Messier galaxy with a strong core. Contrast poor due to being very low down in the N.
NGC4224 Galaxy
113X
Small bright galaxy, 3:1 oval, with a 9th mag star in the FOV.
NGC4754 Galaxy
113X
Compact round galaxy in a fine field near the beautiful edge on NGC4762.
NGC4762 Galaxy
113X
Beautiful edge on galaxy 7:1. Bright conspicious and makes an attractive pair with NGC4754.
NGC4866 Galaxy
113X
Faint diffuse galaxy, with no real core of note.
NGC4845 Galaxy
113X
Evenly bright skinny 6:1 galaxy with a 8th mag star in the FOV.
NGC4753
Cross Roads Galaxy
Galaxy
113X
Bright galaxy with a strong core. Diffuse halo.
NGC4697 Galaxy
113X
Bright large conspicious galaxy in a fairly starry field. Elliptical.
NGC4699 Galaxy
113X
Small galactic spot. No detail noted.
NGC4958 Galaxy
113X
Small bright edge-on galaxy with a strong core. Perhaps an elliptical.
NGC4856 Galaxy
113X
Bright oval and contrasty galaxy. Conspicious.
NGC5566 Galaxy
113X
Small compact galaxy. Fairly bright with no real detail.
NGC5247 Galaxy
113X
Large faint diffuse face-on spiral galaxy. Small faint core. Faintest object of the night.
NGC5634 Globular Cluster
113X
Fairly bright globular cluster, actually logged as a galaxy, as the globular was not resolved. Tight close into an 8th mag star. Nice object.
NGC5813 Galaxy
113X
Moderately bright galaxy even in brightness.
NGC5838 Galaxy
113X
Small oval galaxy, compact with a strong core.
M63 Galaxy
113X
Large spiral galaxy, diffuse and low contrast due to being low in the N.
M3 Globular Cluster
113X
NGC5248 Galaxy
113X
Slightly more oval than round galaxy with a moderate core. Not difficult.
IC4499 Globular Cluster
113X
Faint diffuse globular cluster, partially resolved. Easy missed on scanning.
NGC4833
Faint Comet Nebula
Globular Cluster
113X
Bright well resolved globular in Musca.
NGC3766 Open Cluster
113X
Beautiful rich open cluster.
NGC3603
Miniature Tarantula
Emission Nebula
113X
Nebulous region that needs further study.
NGC3496
Sher 1
Open Cluster
113X
Large diffuse region of stars, hardly an open cluster. Starry field regardless.
NGC3521 Galaxy
113X
Large bright 2:1 oval spiral galaxy with a strong condensed core.
NGC3384 Galaxy
113X
Bright galaxy making a galactic pair with M105. Both galaxies similar in brightness, probably both elliptical.
     

Short observing session in the end as I was in too much pain to continue. This is definately the first observing session I have ever had listening to a vacuum cleaner. Dave was cleaning his observatory.

Nice views of some Northern objects despite a reduction in contrast in this region, due to sky glow.

Just good to get out.

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