Arp 186

ARP 186 2015 Nov 9

Object:      ARP  186     (NGC 1614) Date:               2015 November 9
Peculiarity:    Narrow filaments.
Constellation:           Eridanus Time & altitude:  02.20 UT    30º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               2/5
            R.A:                4h 34m Transparency (5 high):                   4/5
            Dec:                -8º 35 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1 Dob.
            Magnitude:    14.7 Eyepiece:      8mm Ethos      x260
            Galaxy size (mins):  1.8 x 1.1 Filters:            None


Easy to find as it sits in the middle of a thin triangle of 5th magnitude stars 0.8º long, (outside the area drawn) almost the diameter of the 17mm Ethos field. This is just as well as it took nearly 2 hours to make this observation through intermittent gaps in scooting clouds.

The galaxy is either round or a fat oval, the extent of which is difficult to determine. It seemed brighter on the W side.  Arp’s filament was not seen.