NGC 1272 (UGC 2662)  and NGC 1275 (UGC 2669) (the center of AGC 426*) Galaxies in Perseus

Center of field at approximately: RA 03 hours 19 minutes 29 seconds, Dec +41 degrees 30 minutes 54 seconds

Size: 1.8' x 1.8' and 2.2' x 1.8' Magnitude: 11.7 visual and 11.9 visual Class: E+ and cD; pec

Note:* AGC 426 size is approximately 200', with about 100 member galaxies

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

  ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 850 minutes  (85 x 10 minute subs), 12/18/19/20/21/2012; seeing 3.7-4.8 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: NGC 1272 and NGC 1275 are the largest galaxies in this Abell Galaxy Cluster (RCG = Catalogue of Rich Clusters of Galaxies, Abell, et al., 1989). Set amid the Milky Way stars in Perseus, some of the smaller elliptical galaxies look like stars. Off-shore winds the first three days made for clear skies but poor seeing; only the last night (12/21) had 'normal' seeing. See the 8" version.

NGC 1272 is the first large galaxy to the west (right), NGC 1275 is next large galaxy to the east (left). There are several small NGC galaxies around these two ...

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) ...
NGC 1272 = UGC 02662 = MCG +07-07-058 = CGCG 540-098 = LGG 091-003 = PGC 12384
03 19 21.3 +41 29 27
V = 11.8;  Size 2.0x1.9;  SB = 13.2

17.5" (10/24/87): fairly faint, small, round, small bright core.  This galaxy is 
the second brightest in Abell 426 and forms the SW vertex of a distinctive 
parallelogram of brighter galaxies with N1275 5' ENE, N1273 3.1' NNE and 
N1278/1277 7.5' NE.  Also located midway between N1275 and N1270 4.4' WSW.

13" (1/28/84): fairly faint, fairly small, bright core.

8": extremely faint and small, round.

- by Steve Gottlieb
NGC 1275 = UGC 02669 = MCG +07-07-063 = CGCG 540-103 = Perseus A = 3C 84 = PGC 
12429
03 19 48.1 +41 30 43
V = 11.9;  Size 2.2x1.7;  SB = 13.1;  PA = 110d

17.5" (10/24/87): fairly bright, fairly small, oval ~E-W, small bright core.  
N1275 is a Seyfert galaxy and is the largest and brightest member of Abell 426.  
Surrounded by a swarm of faint galaxies in the core including N1272 5.2' WSW, 
N1273 4.4' WNW, N1274 2.6' NW, N1277 3.7' NNE, N1278 3.3' NNE, N1279 2.8' SE, 
N1281 7.8' NNE.

13" (1/28/84): fairly bright, fairly small, small bright core.

8": extremely faint and small, round.  Similar with 6" mask on 17.5".

- by Steve Gottlieb