M 77 (NGC 1068, Arp 37) Galaxy in Cetus

Located at: RA 02 hours 42 minutes 40 seconds, Dec -00 degrees 00 minutes 48 seconds

Size: 7.1' x 6.0' Magnitude: 9.6 blue Class: (R)SA(rs)b

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

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

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 630 minutes (63 x 10 minute subs), 01/14/15/16/2017; FWHM 2.9-5.2 per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.93.6093.26774, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

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

Notes:

One more night added ... I had one night of poor seeing (early evening off-shore winds), and two nights of average seeing. See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 1068

NGC 1068 = M77 = U02188 = MCG +00-07-083 = Arp 37 = Cetus A = PGC 10266
02 42 40.3 -00 00 48
V = 8.9;  Size 7.1x6.0;  SB = 12.8;  PA = 70d

17.5": very bright, moderately large, sharp concentration with an unusually 
bright core, almost stellar nucleus, diffuse slightly elongated halo.  Appears 
mottled at high power and a hint of inner arm structure.  A mag 11 star is 1.3' 
ESE of the center.  This is a Seyfert galaxy and brightest in a group.

8": intense core, faint halo.

- by Steve Gottlieb