PEGASUS
by Steve Coe
13" f/5.6 unless noted

NGC 1 Faint, small, round, somewhat brighter in the middle at 165X.

NGC 2 Very faint, small, round, not brighter in the middle at 165X. In the field of view of NGC 1.

NGC 14 Search at 135X, could not find.

NGC 16 Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 2 X 1, somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 23 Pretty faint, small, elongated, much brighter in the middle, pretty faint star on the north side at 100X.

NGC 7078 (M 15) Very bright, very large, round, extremely compressed, very rich. Many lovely chains of stars wind there way outward from a blazing core, at least one dark patch near the core seen with averted vision at 165X. The core is resolved on a sharp nite at 220X. White Tanks 6/10, obviously non-stellar in the 11X80. At 100X in the 13" it is very bright, very large, irregularly round and very suddenly much brighter in the middle. It is very well resolved, even at this low power. I can count 48 stars, many at the limit of the 13", with a very compressed core. Going to 220X allows me to resolve 91 stars in lots of beautiful chains. These curved chains of stains wind their way out from a blazing core. Raising the power to 330X has the cluster fill about 70 percent of the field of view. There is a very compressed core with a "beard" of star chains that hang down from the core in curved lines of stars. All the resolved stars are silvery, very few are even light yellow.

NGC 7094 Very faint, pretty small, round, not brighter in the middle. Not much at 100X. Going to 135X with the UHC filter does not help.

NGC 7137 Faint, small and round at 135X.

NGC 7177 Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat elongated, much brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 7217 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated, very bright in the middle at 100X. On a good night it has a mottled halo surrounding the bright core.

NGC 7331 Bright, large, very elongated, much brighter in the middle with a stellar nucleus at 135X. It is an elongated shape even in the 11 X 80 finder. It is surrounded by companion galaxies.

It is obvious at 100X in the 13", but much better at 150X, where it is bright, large, much elongated 3X1 in PA 165 and very suddenly much brighter in the middle. It is a "little Andromeda". There are three layers of increasing brightness with an almost stellar nucleus. There is a hint of a dark lane "under" the nucleus. It is a lovely edge-on, surrounded by faint to very faint companions. Going to 220X doesn't show any more detail on a 8/10 night at Sentinel.

Ultimate Star Party, McDonald Obs. Oct. 95, S=6, T=8, 25" f/5--

NGC 7331 in 25" 20mm; core is three times seeing disk, dark lanes obvious. Seven companions seen, five above and two below, two of those held with averted vision only. Great view, almost entire field of view.

Sentinel S=6, T=8 13" 11X80 finder--just barely seen.
150X--bright, large, much elongated 3X1 in PA 165, very suddenly much brighter middle, a "little Andromeda galaxy". There are three brighter layers to aproximately a stellar core. There is a hint of a dark lane. A very nice view, a lovely edge-on that is surrounded by faint and very faint companions.

Stephan's Quintet in 36" with 14mm. Mottling seen in two spirals, two close objects easily split. My best view of this object ever. No averted vision needed to acquire or split these galaxies. The smallest is about 4 times the seeing disk. Large face on has a knot in the arm nearest the tight double galaxy.

NGC 7332 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 3 X 1 and has a bright middle at 100X.

NGC 7339 Pretty faint, pretty large, elongated 3 X 1 and does not have a brighter middle at 100X.

NGC 7448 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 and has a bright middle at 135X.

NGC 7454 Pretty faint, pretty small, round and somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X. There is a pretty bright star at one edge of the galaxy.

NGC 7457 Pretty faint, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 and has a bright middle at 100X.

NGC 7469 Very faint, small, somewhat elongated and not brighter in the middle. It was just seen at 100X, higher powers did not seem to make this galaxy more noticeable.

NGC 7479 Pretty bright, large and elongated 4 X 1. It has a much brighter core about 20" across at 165X. This object is a very nice barred spiral and that structure can be seen on good evenings. The bar is about 5' in length and each end has a curved glow attached. It looks like a two-armed garden sprinkler in action. Averted vision makes the galaxy grow in size.

NGC 7619 Pretty faint, pretty small, round and not brighter in the middle. This object is the center of the Peg I cluster and there are 5 other galaxies in a 30' field at 100X. All of the other galaxies are dimmer than NGC 7619 and are also round dots. There are another 6 galaxies within one degree of the central portion of the galaxy cluster. Several of them can only be seen with averted vision.

NGC 7625 Faint, pretty small, not brighter in the middle and has a bright star in the field at 100X.

NGC 7626 Pretty bright, pretty small, round and has a brighter middle at 135X. There are six other dimmer galaxies in this crowded field.

NGC 7678 Pretty faint, pretty small, not much brighter in the middle at 100X. It is surrounded by three stars.

NGC 7741 Pretty faint, very elongated, round, somewhat brighter in the middle, there is a double star on the NW side at 135X. This is the type of object that shows itself best on a clear, sharp evening. On a fuzzy night it is just a dim grainy object. On a night I rated 8/10 the central bar structure was immediately seen and averted vision showed some faint outer arm structure at 165X.

NGC 7742 Pretty bright, pretty small, round, pretty suddenly brighter in the middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 135X. There is a 12th magnitude star on the eastern side.

NGC 7743 Pretty faint, pretty small, round and has a brighter middle at 100X.

NGC 7747 Pretty faint, pretty small, round and not brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 7769 Pretty faint, pretty small, round and somewhat brighter in the middle. There are two faint galaxies in the field at 165X.

NGC 7772 Faint and small. Seven faint stars in a dull field.

NGC 7814 Bright, large, elongated and brighter in the middle. The arms are very mottled at 135X. Ultimate Star Party, McDonald Obs. Oct. 95, S=6, T=8, 25" f/5-- NGC 7814 25" with 7mm; elongated 3.5 X 1, covers almost entire field of view, thin dark lane cuts it in 60/40.

IC 5283 Extremely faint, pretty small, round. This object is at the limit of the 13" at one my best sites. It is just barely there with averted vision and occasionally disappears in poor seeing.

Jones 1 (PK 104-29.1) Very faint, very large, irregular. This tough planetary was only seen with the UHC filter installed. It has a "Quarter Moon" or "C" shape at 100X.

Double Stars

57 PEG Easy split, yellow and blue at 100X. The "pendulum effect" is obvious with this object. Move your head or tap the tube of the scope and the secondary revolves about the primary, a fun effect.

Struve 2841 Easy to split at 100X, light yellow and green.

Struve 2877 Easy to split at 100X, yellow and bluish.