Arp 286

Arp 286 2019 May 22

Object:   Arp 286 (NGC 5566 group) Date:               2019 May 22
Peculiarity:  Double galaxies with infall and attraction.
Constellation:           Virgo Time & altitude:        22.40 UT     42º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                14h 35m Transparency (5 high):                   4/5
            Dec:                5º 21 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitudes   11.5, 13.2, 13.9 Eyepiece       8mm Ethos                x260
            Galaxy size (mins)   6.6 x 2.2 Filters:            None


5566 is the principal galaxy of the group. It is a 3:1 oval aligned NE-SW with a prominent non-stellar oval core.

5560 is a very narrow wisp aligned NW-SE. It is misty with no central concentration at all. It is not quite straight but has a slight wave like a mild integral sign.

5569 is very difficult, more suspected than seen. It seems to be a ragged-edged glow, reminding me of the Crab Nebula seen with an OIII filter.