ACO 1060 – 2017 March 21 21:30

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Date and Time: 2017-03-21 21:30
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy Group
Object Coordinates: 10h37m43.8s, -27°36’33”
Constellation: Hya
Altitude: 22°

Object: ACO 1060
Location: Columbus Dark Site
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing was great, Transparency started off good but degraded throught the night.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: I visited this cluster several times throughout the night, and it was thrilling! The first galaxy cluster I have ever found and observed myself, and it fit nicely in the view of the Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, at 115x (the only eyepiece I used on this cluster). NGC 3311 was the most obvious, with NGC 3309 very close in brightness. I could see them (albeit barely) with direct vision. NGC 3312 was ever so slightly fainter, but it made the difference in requiring averted vision. At least half the time I was observing, I was able to see something in the location of NGC 3314, and a few times during the night I got the impression of something in the loaction of NGC 3316. I don’t recall ever spotting NGC 3308. All in all, very exciting!! (side note: I love Skytools! The ability to make logs, charts, and lists all in one place is just so great. I can’t wait until I get my red acrylic screen cover- ahem, red thing, so that I can use it in the field instead of making the logs the next day.)

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