FORNAX
by Steve Coe
13" F/5.6 unless noted


NGC 922 Pretty faint, pretty large, little elongated 1.2 X 1 in
PA 165, somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 964 Faint, small, much elongated 3 X 1 in PA 15, much brighter
in the middle at 135X.

NGC 986 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 30,
suddenly much brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1049 Pretty faint, small, round, much brighter in the
middle, averted vision makes it grow at 135X.

NGC 1079 Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 90,
bright middle at 100X.

NGC 1097 Pretty faint, pretty large, somewhat elongated and somewhat brighter in the middle at 135X in my old 17.5 inch Dobsonian. Using my 13" f/5.6 at 135X it was pretty bright, pretty large, much elongated 3 X 1 in PA 135 and much brighter in the middle.

NGC 1201 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 1.8 X 1 in PA 15,
much brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1255 Faint, pretty large, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 135, bright
middle at 135X. There is an 11th mag star 5' to the SW.

NGC 1302 Pretty bright, small, round, pretty suddenly very much
brighter in the middle at 135X. There is a 10th mag star 2' NW.

NGC 1316 Pretty bright, large, elongated 1.2 X 1 in PA 75, very
suddenly very much brighter in the middle with an almost stellar
nucleus. There are three levels of brightening at 135X.

NGC 1317 Pretty bright, pretty large, little elongated 1.2 X 1 in
PA 0, pretty suddenly brighter middle at 135X.

NGC 1326 Pretty faint, pretty small, round, pretty suddenly very much
brighter in the middle with an approximately stellar nucleus at 135X.

NGC 1326A Extremely faint, small, round, not brighter in the
middle at 150X, just barely there.

NGC 1326B Extremely faint, pretty small, elongated 2 X 1, this
low surface brightness galaxy is tough at 150X.

NGC 1339 Pretty bright, pretty small, round, somewhat brighter
in the middle, nice white and blue double star on the eastern
end at 135X.

NGC 1341 Faint, small, little elongated in PA 165, there is a
12th mag star 1' to the SE at 135X.

NGC 1344 Pretty bright, pretty large, much brighter middle,
elongated 2 X 1 in PA 0, there are three layers to the core
brightening at 135X.

NGC 1350 Bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 30,
much brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1351 Pretty faint, pretty small, round, pretty suddenly
brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1360 Faint, pretty large, no detail seen at 100X. The
UHC filter helps provide some contrast with the background in my
17.5" f/4.5 Dobsonian. Using the 13" f/5.6 on a driven mount,
this planetary is pretty faint, large, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 45,
the central star in always visible at about 11th magnitude and
several dark markings are seen with the UHC filter installed at
100X. This object can be seen without the UHC, but it helps
quite a bit.

NGC 1365 Pretty bright, pretty large, bright nucleus at 165X.
There is bar structure seen with averted vision. Two spiral
arms are dim but visible in good seeing on a fair night with
the 17.5". Going to the 13" on a night I rated 7/10 for seeing
and transparency there is more detail visible. The galaxy is
bright, large, elongated in PA 0, much brighter middle at 135X.
The barred spiral structure is obvious and there is a 12th mag
star involved in the northern arm about 1' north of the nucleus.
Ultimate Star Party, McDonald Obs. Oct. 95, S=6, T=8, 25" f/5--
NGC 1365 in Fornax; Dave Kreige's 25" with 7mm eyepiece; very bright,
pretty large, spiral structure obvious; dark lane in central core there
about 50 percent of the time; core is elongated 1.8 X 1; dark lane cuts
core in 1/3 and pieces; several bright knots and some mottling in arms which extend out from central bar.

Fornax galaxy cluster in 25" with 20mm Nagler; 9 galaxies in center, 2 are round, 3 are elongated 2X1 and 4 are elongated 3X1, lots of bright galaxies.

NGC 1374 Pretty faint, pretty small, round, gradually brighter
middle at 100X.

NGC 1380 Bright, large, elongated 3 X 1 in PA 45, somewhat
brighter in the middle with an almost stellar core at 135X.
There is a 13th mag star 1' to the west of the core.

NGC 1381 Faint, pretty small, much elongated 3 X 1 in PA 165,
brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1385 Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 30,
pretty much brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 1387 Pretty bright, pretty small, round, much brighter in
the middle at 150X.

NGC 1398 Pretty bright, pretty large, round, very much brighter
middle at 135X.

NGC 1399 Bright, pretty large, round, suddenly much brighter in
the middle with an almost stellar core at 150X. There is a 13th
mag star about 30" to the north of the core.

NGC 1404 Bright, pretty small, round, very much brighter middle
at 150X. There is a 12th mag star involved. This compact galaxy
grows with averted vision.

NGC 1406 Faint, pretty large, very much elongated 4 X 1 in PA 45,
pretty much brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1425 Pretty faint, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 135,
gradually brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 1427 Pretty faint, small, little elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 75,
much brighter in the middle at 150X.


MCG 06-07-001 The Fornax Dwarf is a very low surface brightness
object and also very large at about one degree. It could not be
seen in the 13" scope, but the 11X80 finder shows a dim glow that
I called very faint, very large, and not brighter in the middle,
with 4 stars involved.
Ultimate Star Party, McDonald Obs. Oct. 95, S=6, T=8, 25" f/5--
Fornax Dwarf galaxy in 25" is not seen, but three globular clusters are seen with 12mm eyepiece. Dave spots one immediately and then I see another almost within the same field. Another is larger than the other two and not brighter in the middle.