Arp 77

Object:  ARP 77  (NGC 1097) Date:        2017 January 2
Peculiarity:    Spiral: small high-surface brightness component on arm.
Constellation:           Fornax Time & altitude:  20.00 UT              8º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                2h 46m Transparency (5 high):                 4/5
            Dec:                -30º 15 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1 Dob.
            Magnitude:    9.2 Eyepiece:      –
            Galaxy size (mins): 12 x 9 Filters:            –


Not seen. This is my first attempt to observe an Arp object located as far south as minus 30 degrees declination. From here it never gets higher than 8º.  I have an unrestricted southern horizon. Despite searching for 20 minutes either side of culmination I could not even identify the correct star field. This appears to be due to atmospheric extinction and haze etc aggravating light pollution.