Arp 264

ARP 264 2015 Dec 9

Object:    ARP 264     (NGC 3104) Date:               2015 December 9
Peculiarity:    Irregular clumps.
Constellation:           Leo Minor Time & altitude:  00.50 UT     48º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               2/5
            R.A:                10h 04m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                +40º 45 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1 Dob.
            Magnitude:    13.1 Eyepiece:      8mm Ethos      x260
            Galaxy size (mins):  3.4 x 2.3 Filters:            Lumicon Deep Sky


First observations since November 13. The Met Office say November has been the dullest (i.e. cloudiest) since records began in 1929.

This is a difficult object despite the catalogue magnitude. Compare to ARP 118 seen two hours earlier. It appeared as a faint, fan shaped glow extending from a 13 mag star NE towards a fainter star, which it doesn’t reach.

The glow showed some mottling. It was best seen with AV.