(IAAC) Obj: Pegasus I (Hickson 95) - Inst: 20" f/5 dob
Observer: Lew Gramer, Steve Clougherty
Your skills: Intermediate (some years), Advanced (many years)
Date and UT of Observation: 1998-Oct-16/17, 02:00 UT
Location: Myles Standish State Forest, South Carver MA USA (41N, elev 30m)
Site classification: exurban
Limiting magnitude: 7.0 (zenith Limiting Magnitude)
Seeing: 8 of 10 - above average
Moon up: No
Instrument: 20" f/5 dob
Magnification: 70x, 160x, 210x, 420x
Filters used: None
Object: Pegasus I (Hickson 95)
Category: Cluster of galaxies.
Constellation: Peg (border with Psc)
Data: mag 11.1 (brightest gx) size 90'x60' (main field)
RA/Dec: 23h21m +08o11m
Steve Clougherty and I took the clear skies tonight as an opportunity to
return to this our perennial favorite among galaxy clusters: in the 20",
Peg I never fails to show a nice arrangement of moderately faint galaxies,
frequently reminiscent of silver dust glimmering on a background of black
velvet, when seen under dark skies. Tonight the skies of the South Shore
of Massachusetts were more than dark enough! Sadly the logs of individual
galaxies from this fine night have been lost since 1998. What follows is
a simple listing of galaxies definitely seen in Peg I - but ONLY those in
which we were definitely able to observe some evidence of structure. Thus
inclusion in the following list indicates that evidence of morphology CAN
be seen in a galaxy with a 20", under transparent, steady exurban skies:
ID RA/Dec Mag Size Morphology
n7619 232014.7+081223 11.06 2.51x2.29 E2
n7626 232042.4+081302 11.11 2.63x2.34 E1P:
n7623 232030.1+082346 12.85 1.20x0.87 SA0+
n7611 231937.0+080350 12.54 1.48x0.62 SB0a?
n7631 232126.8+081305 13.11 1.78x0.71 SA(r)b?
n7615 231954.8+082402 14.27 0.98x0.52 Sb?
See two previous observing posts, one from me at this site, and one from
Steve Coe in the desert, for more complete details on these and quite a
few other members of Pegasus I!
My observations from November 1997:
And Steve's extensive observing logs from the 1970s and 1980s:
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