LEPUS
by Steve Coe
13" f/5.6 unless noted

NGC 1744 Very faint, pretty large, elongated, very slightly brighter in the middle at 100X. I went over the field twice before I realized "that's it". This is Tirion's Joke for Winter, in the Summer his Joke is NGC 6380 in Scorpius. Either object is tough, even on a great night from a dark site.

NGC 1784 Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat elongated, brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 1832 Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat elongated, brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 1888 Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated, brighter in the middle at 135X. A pretty faint star is involved on the west side.

NGC 1904 (M 79) Pretty bright, pretty large, round, very bright in the middle at 135X. Well resolved, with about 12 stars in the compressed central section and another 50 stars in the outer portions. All against a very grainy background. Easily seen in the finder. Sentinel 7/10 S+T 11X80--small fuzz, about 3 times the size of a star. At 100X in the 13" it is pretty large, pretty bright, much, much brighter in the middle and somewhat rich. I can count 18 stars, many are faint. Going to 220X shows off 28 stars and averted vision makes this globular grow a lot in size with many very faint members. Higher powers don't improve the view beyond 220X.


NGC 1964 Pretty bright, small, somewhat elongated, brighter in the middle at 100X. Pretty bright star involved near the core on SW side.

NGC 2017 Six stars, 4 pretty bright, 2 pretty faint, nice asterism.

NGC 2139 Pretty faint, pretty large, round, not bright in the middle at 100X.

NGC 2179 Pretty faint, small, round at 100X. Two stars bracket the galaxy and there is a wide yellow and blue double star in the field.

NGC 2196 Pretty bright, pretty large, round, not brighter in the middle at 100X.

IC 418 Pretty bright, small, round, central star easy at 270X. A very nice greenish glow around the central star. It is small, however, and 100X was just enough to distinguish it from the background of stars.

PK215-30.1 Abell 7 100X--never convinced I held it steady, adding the UHC still not convinced I was seeing a nebulosity. This is Buckeye S+T=6 with 13".

Buckeye S+T=7 100X Faint, large, irregularly round, star involved. Just seen without UHC, filter enhances contrast and shows it to be about 8 arcmin is size. A smooth disk with pretty low surface brightness.

Double Stars

Gamma LEP very wide binary, yellow and orange at 100X.


Red Stars

R LEP Hind's Crimson Star is a long period variable that appears a nice, dark orange at 100X. Buckeye S+T=6 13" 100X very deep orange--great color! about 9m.