NGC 660 (UGC 1201) Galaxy in Pisces

Located at: RA 01 hours 43 minutes 02 seconds, Dec +13 degrees 38 minutes 39 seconds

Size: 8.3' x 3.1' Magnitude: 12.0 blue Class: SB(s)a pec HII

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

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

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 970 minutes  (97 x 10 minute subs) 11/27/2016 & 12/17/22/24/2016; seeing 2.3-6.2 FWHM 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: NGC 660 is another object I'm having trouble with recently ... I started imaging four weeks ago (11/27), but had very poor seeing that night. After a period of clouds, the moon was in the way, so I switched to NGC 1530. Then more clouds. Now NGC 1530 is done for the season (big Pine tree in the way). NGC 660 is now on the other side of the meridian, so I can't center it the same as when it was rising (11/27) ... Today (12/18) it is windy and very clear, but I can not image in this much wind. I managed two more nights (12/22 & 24) of fair to poor seeing before clouds moving in again ... I'm posting this image (consisting of a total four nights) that was imaged one night in the east in poor seeing, and three nights in the west (12/17,22 & 24) with so-so seeing and centered differently. Because of the centering difference, this image is a crop (~20%) of the four nights, then resized to 1530 x 1020. See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 660

NGC 0660 = UGC 01201 = MCG +02-05-013 = CGCG 437-012 = PGC 06318
01 43 01.7 +13 38 35
V = 11.2;  Size 8.3x3.2;  SB = 14.6;  PA = 170d

17.5": fairly bright, large, oval SW-NE, broadly concentrated halo, mottled.  A 
mag 14 double star is 1.8' ESE of center.  Located 10' SE of mag 8.1 SAO 92589.  
U01195 lies 22' NNW.

- by Steve Gottlieb