Centaurus A – May 26, 2017

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Date and Time: 2017-05-26 22:58
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 13h26m30.3s, -43°06’37”
Constellation: Cen
Magnitude: 7.8
Altitude: 18°

Object: Centaurus A
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay, the transparency is good.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x and Tele Vue Ethos 13mm X2.0, 231x. It’s a very large, fairly bright galaxy with a prominent thick dark dust lane running straight through the middle of it, from about 1:00 to 7:00 in the eyepiece field of view. It’s very striking, and some mottled detail can be seen in the dust lane, particularly with the barlow. A bright lane in the middle of the upper part of the dark lane is visible in and out. There are a couple of stars superimposed on the image; one on the lower part of the dust lane, and one, slightly brighter, in the upper left of the halo of the galaxy. The halo itself is fairly diffused, if there’s a central concentration it’s blocked by the dust lane. It does extend quite far, and it does have that hamburger look. I can see where it gets the name “Hamburger Galaxy”. There is also visible a slight extension in and out on the right side of the glow, farther down than on the left side.

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