Arp 244

ARP 244 2015 Feb 27

Object:         ARP 244    (NGC 4038 and 4039) Date:               2015 February 27
Peculiarity:    Appearance of fission.
Constellation:           Corvus Time & altitude: 03.40 UT     14º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                12h 02m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                -18º 54 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitudes:    11.2 and 11.1 Eyepiece:      8mm Ethos     x260
            Galaxy sizes (mins): 5×3 & 3×1.6 Filters:            Lumicon Deep Sky


The Antennae. Anything at declination -19º from latitude +51º is always badly placed. Altitude is always < 20º. I missed it on the S meridian waiting for the 8 day old Moon to set. Seen as a large, bright, evenly lit haze, slightly oval in N-S. At the N end there is a brighter concentration. The NE antenna was seen at the limit of DV. The S antenna was not detected at all and the observation had to be curtailed as The Antennae moved into trees before this could be investigated.