The Antennae – May 21, 2017

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Date and Time: 2017-05-21 00:17
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 12h02m46.7s, -18°57’56”
Constellation: Crv
Magnitude: 10.9
Altitude: 32°

Object: The Antennae
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is bad, transparency is good and declining.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x and Orion Edge-On 9mm, 167x.They’re small, moderately faint, and appear as one galaxy. They do exhibit a slight spiral, beginning in the lower left, and then spiraling up and around to the right and in. There’s a bright core in the upper left, and there’s also something in the lower right, what could either be a bright core or a faint foreground star, and I’m leaning towards faint foreground star. They all but vanish with direct vision, but with averted vision, they’re fairly bright. The object is very small.

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