LYNX
by Steve Coe
13" f/5.6 unless noted

NGC 2419 pretty bright, pretty large, round and much brighter in the middle, it is easy at 100X. At any power up to 270X at the best sights in Arizona there is no resolution in either my 13" or my old 17.5". The best I can do is get three levels of condensation across a very mottled face on the best of nights. The brightest stars are something like 19th magnitude, so it may take a 40 inch to resolve this distant cluster.

Granite Wash Mt. S=6 T=8 13" 150X--pretty bright, pretty large, very little elongated 1.2X1 in PA 90, gradually much brighter in the middle. 3 levels of condensation and averted vision makes it grow larger, but no stars resolved. 330X--ragged edges, but still no stars resolved. There are 4 stars, all about 9th mag, on the four sides of the cluster--boxed in.

NGC 2474 Pretty faint, very small, round, little brighter middle at 220X. There is a 9th mag star 5'NE. These two galaxies are about 30" apart. This compact galaxy pair is often confused with the planetary nebula PK 164+31.1.

NGC 2500 Pretty faint, pretty large, round, very gradually brighter middle at 150X. There is a 10th mag star on the SW edge. This galaxy is somewhat mottled.

NGC 2537 Pretty bright, pretty large, irregularly round, mottled, gradually brighter middle at 220X.

NGC 2537A Very faint, small, round, comes and goes with averted vision at 220X, this is a difficult object on a 5/10 night.

NGC 2541 Faint, pretty large, little elongated and somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 2549 Pretty bright, pretty small, much elongated 3 X 1 in PA 0, suddenly much brighter middle at 220X.

NGC 2552 Very faint, pretty large, elongated 1.8 X 1 in PA 45, very gradually brighter middle, somewhat mottled. There is a 10th mag star 5' East. Averted vision makes this galaxy grow.

NGC 2683 bright, pretty large, much elongated east-west and much brighter in the middle at 100X.

Granite Wash Mt. S=8 T=9 WOW 13" 150X--bright, large, very much elongated 5X1 in PA 45, bright middle, nice edge-on. 220X--hint of dark lane structure on east side of nucleus. Photo in Vickers led me to look for dark lane.

NGC 2712 Pretty bright, pretty large, much elongated 2.5 X 1 in PA 15, much brighter middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 150X. This galaxy displays a nice nuclear bulge.

NGC 2776 Pretty bright, pretty large, round, bright middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 150X. There is a nice double star 10' south, it is 7-10mag and 15" sep. and is nice yellow and light blue in color.

NGC 2782 Pretty faint, pretty small, round, much brighter in the middle with a bright nucleus at 135X.

NGC 2785 Faint, pretty small, round, little brighter in the middle, not much, a low surface brightness galaxy at 135X.

NGC 2793 Very faint, pretty small, round, very gradually little brighter middle at 150X. This galaxy has a low surface brightness.

NGC 2798 Pretty bright, small, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 25, much brighter middle at 220X. There are two objects marked on Uranometria 2000 at this location, I could only see one.

NGC 2832 pretty bright, pretty large, round and much brighter in the middle at 100X. There are nine faint companions in the field and the area for one field in any direction is mottled from galaxy group members just at the level of detection.

Granite Wash Mt. S=8 T=9 WOW 13" 220X with hood and no red light 2825--very faint, small, very little elongated 1.2X1 in PA 90 2826--faint, small, elongated 1.5X1 in PA 135, little brighter middle 2829
--not seen with hood and no red light for 5 minutes (Lord Rosse?)

2830--very faint, small, elongated 2X1 in PA 120, bright middle, only held steady with hood

2831--faint, small, round, very little brighter middle, at edge of 2832

2832--pretty bright, pretty large, little elongated 1.5X1 in PA 135, very little brighter in the middle, most obvious in group

2834--not seen the hood made a significant difference in the visibility of some of these difficult galaxies.

NGC 2844 Faint, small, somewhat elongated 1.8 X 1 in PA 15, little brighter middle at 150X.

PK 164 +31.1 is a planetary nebula which has been mistaken for NGC 2474 in several references.
Sky and Telescope April 1981 pg. 368 tells the story and has a picture of the area.
This planetary is very faint, pretty large, not brighter in the middle and has several stars involved at 100X with the UHC filter. The nebula is faint enough that turning on the very dim red flashlight to make a drawing makes the
planetary disappear for a few seconds. I had to memorize the field to draw it.


Double star

12 LYN the wide pair is split easily at 100X, yellow and light green.
The bright main star splits at 220X in moments of good seeing.

19 LYN forms an acute triangle with 2 white and one blue component.

Red Star

Y LYN Orange in a nice field