Galaxy Groups & Clusters – January through March 2016

Here are some more GG&C observations for early 2016.

The first three are from January 1st. Abell #1 (Abell14) was pretty challenging and I could only see two of the six listed galaxies and both were extremely dim.

GG&C Abell #1 (Abell 14)–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

Hickson 22 was a revisit from 22 February 2014. Due to better weather I was able to add two more NGC galaxies (N1189 & N1190) to the one I had seen before (N1199).

GG&C Hickson #22–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

For Hickson 23 I was able to see the three brightest galaxies out of five.

GG&C Hickson #23–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

The next night (January 2nd) I observed Additional Galaxy Group #4. This is a fairly compact group ranging in brightness from two direct vision galaxies (N80 & N83) to extremely dim (PGC1384). Twelve galaxies were visible.

GG&C Additional #4–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

Hickson #1 was observed on the next night (January 3rd). I was able to see three out of four listed galaxies. Oddly enough, the dimmest listed galaxy (P1618 at mag 16.5) was the easiest to see because of its brighter stellar nucleus.

GG&C Hickson #1–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

On February 12th I observed both Trio #11 and Trio #12. The first is a fairly tight group of three galaxies (N1721, N1725, & N172Smilie: 8) plus a more distant fourth galaxy (N1723) not part of the trio. All were direct vision.

GG&C Trio #11–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

Trio #12 consists of two close interacting galaxies and one more distant edge-on galaxy. An interesting trio, all fairly bright.

GG&C Trio #12–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

I observed Hickson #27 on February 27th but could only see one extremely faint galaxy (P14863 at mag 15.7) of the five listed.

GG&C Hickson #27–Copyright (c) 2016 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.

Category(s): Amateur Astronomy

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