NGC 404 (UGC 718) Galaxy in Andromeda

Located at: RA 01 hours 09 minutes 27 seconds, Dec +35 degrees 43 minutes 08 seconds

Size: 3.4' x 3.4' Magnitude: 11.2 blue Class: SA(s)0-:

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

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

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 240 minutes (24 x 10 minute subs), 11/5/2008; seeing 2.4-3.4 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 1.3.7, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes: Well, I thought I'd give this a try ... NGC 404, "The Ghost of Mirach", is not much to look at, but it is easy to find. The bright star is Mirach (Beta Andromeda), at 2.08 visual magnitude. The small galaxy is centered in this image. This is as good as I could process out the huge glow from Mirach, without degrading the rest of the star field.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 404
NGC 0404 = UGC 00718 = MCG +06-03-018 = CGCG 520-020 = LGG 011-009 = PGC 04126
01 09 26.9 +35 43 05
V = 10.3;  Size 3.5x3.5;  SB = 12.8

17.5" (10/13/01): bright, fairly large, round, at least 2' diameter.  Contains a 
bright 30" core which increases steadily to a bright stellar nucleus.  Beta 
Andromedae detracts somewhat from viewing.

13" (12/24/84): bright, round, bright stellar nucleus.  Located 7' NW of Beta 
Andromedae (V = 2.1)!

- by Steve Gottlieb