(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2419 (Intergalactic Wanderer) - Inst: 17.5" f/4.5 dob
Observer: Lew Gramer, Dan Winchell, Mike Aramini; Steve Clougherty
Your skills: Intermediate (some years); Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 28/29 Mar 2001, 03:00 UT
Location of site: ATMoB Clubhouse, Westford MA USA (42oN, 86m elev)
Site classification: Exurban.
Sky darkness: 5.6 <Limiting magnitude>, 6 <Bortle Scale>
Seeing: 9 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 17.5" f/4.5 dob
Magnification: 57x, 220x, 285x
Object(s): NGC 2419 (Intergalactic Wanderer)
Category: Extragalactic glob.
Data: mag 10.3 17.3m*; size 4.1 oval PA 90
Position: 073809 +3852.9
At Dan's request, we swung the Club 17" over to the weird little
Intergalactic Wanderer for a last Spring-time look, as it begins
to disappear in the West. As expected, the IW showed up best at
the higher powers tonight, despite a fairly low altitude (45o).
At low power, it was visible as a small, featureless smudge to
averted vision. At intermediate power, a hint of the irregular
shape of this object was apaprent, but only to averted vision.
At its best, N2419 showed its strange, irregularly shaped halo,
along with a very diffuse, also amorphously shaped core nestled
off-center within it. But to achieve this view, the nearby mag.
7 field star had to be carefully nudged out of the view, while
still keeping the GC as near center as possible. No stars were
even intermittently resolved in the glob, at any magnification.
[Oops! We forgot to log the pretty nearby carbon star tonight!]
See 3 previous logs, with 20", 8" and 7" scopes, for directions
to find this intriguing little "extragalactic" globular cluster!
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