M 32 (NGC 221, Arp 168) area of M 31 towards NGC 206: Galaxy in Andromeda

Center of field at approximately: RA 00 hours 41 minutes 44 seconds, Dec +40 degrees 47 minutes 27 seconds

Size: 8.7' x 6.4' Magnitude: 9.0 blue Class: cE2

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 810 minutes (81 x 10 minute subs), 10/29/30 & 11/2/3/2012; seeing 3.1-4.1 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.66.4490.32361, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: My chip size on the ST-8 will not let me duplicate the 8" f5 ccd shot of this area ... but it is centered at approximately the same area. The Star Cloud NGC 206 is just out of this field to the southwest (lower right).

This image concludes (for now) my imaging in and around M 31 ... M 32 area, M 110, NGC 147 and NGC 185.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 221

NGC 0221 = M32 = U00452 = MCG +07-02-015 = CGCG 535-016 = Arp 168 = PGC 02555
00 42 41.9 +40 51 53
V = 8.1;  Size 8.7x6.5;  SB = 12.4;  PA = 170d

13.1": very bright, moderately large, elongated 4:3 NNW-SSE, about 4'x3', 
increases to small very bright core which is almost stellar.  Located 24' S of 
the center of M31.

8": very bright, moderately large, round, 24' S of M31.

- by Steve Gottlieb