Arp 275

Arp 275 2016 March 31

Object:  ARP 275    (NGC 2881, VV 293) Date:               2016 March 31
Peculiarity:    Interacting double galaxies.
Constellation:           Hydra Time & altitude:  21.30 UT         26º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                9h 26m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                -12º 00 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1 Dob.
            Magnitude:    14.1 Eyepiece:      8mm Ethos      x260
            Galaxy size (mins):  0.8 x 0.6 Filters:            Lumicon deep sky


Weather conditions looked promising to the unaided eye, the Beehive Cluster M44 was standing out well. The view through the eyepiece was disappointing though. Southerly declination and low altitude do not help. Arp 275 appeared as a patchy, insignificant glow seen only with difficulty, on and off using AV. Its outline reminded me of a thumbprint or a Pacman ghost. The deep sky filter made a slight improvement to the visibility of the stars, but did not really help with the galaxy.