PISCES AUSTRINUS
by Steve Coe
13.1" f/5.6 unless noted


NGC 7130 Pretty bright, small, round, brighter in the middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 135X. IC 5131 in the 25' field.

NGC 7135 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 1.5x1 in PA 45 and gradually brighter in the middle at 100X. There a nice equatorial triangle of 10th mag stars on the west side and this galaxy is almost between two of the stars. There is a faint 13th mag star attached to the galaxy on the NW side at 150X.
The companion galaxy is NGC 7130.

NGC 7154 Pretty faint, pretty small, little elongated 1.2X1 in PA 90 and very gradually brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 7163 Extremely faint, pretty large, little elongated 1.2X1 in PA 90 and not brighter in the middle. Averted vision helps the contrast of this difficult galaxy.

NGC 7172 Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat elongated 1.5X1 in PA 90, a little brigher in the middle at 220X. There are three other galaxies nearby and NGC 7172 is the brightest in this grouping. A dark cloth over my head to block off external light helps with my ability to see the faintest galaxies in this field of view.

NGC 7173 Pretty faint, small, round and a little brighter in the middle at 220X.

NGC 7174 Faint, small, round and tough to see with direct vision, averted vision helps quite a bit. This is the western-most of a double galaxy.

NGC 7176 Pretty bright, pretty small, round, much brighter in the middle with an almost stellar nucleus at 220X. This is the galaxy in the group with the highest surface brightness,
even thought it is a small object.

NGC 7187 Pretty faint, small, round and little brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 7201 Faint, pretty large, bright middle with an almost stellar nucleus. It is elongated 2X1 in PA 120. Averted vision makes this galaxy grow in size at 150X.

NGC 7203 Faint, pretty small, little brighter middle and little elongated 1.2X1 in PA 60 at 150X.

NGC 7204 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 1.8X1 in PA 60, brighter middle, averted vision makes it grow in size at 150X.

NGC 7214 Pretty faint, pretty large, irregularly round and has several stars superimposed at 165X. The nucleus was very bright but never stellar.

NGC 7221 Very faint, pretty small and round with a somewhat brighter middle at 100X. This galaxy has a very low surface brightness and higher powers makes it extremely tough to see.

NGC 7225 Pretty faint, pretty small and elongated 1.8 X 1 in PA 135. Has a very bright middle at 150X.

NGC 7229 Faint, small, round and little brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 7259 Extremely faint, pretty small, round and somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 7267 Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated 2x1 in PA 0 and much brighter in the middle at 100X. There is a very nice triple star on the south side with one star light yellow and two blue companions.

NGC 7268 Extrememly faint, small, round, only suspected at 100X on a 9/10 night at Sentinel. A toughie.

NGC 7277 Very faint, pretty small, little elongated 1.2X1 in PA 135, not brighter in the middle, difficult at 100X, low surface brightness.

NGC 7306 Faint, small and elongated 1.5x1 in PA 45 at 135X.

NGC 7313 Extremely faint, small, irregularly elongated, not brighter in the middle, never held with direct vision, averted only. Difficult.

NGC 7314 Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat brighter in the middle and elongated 4x1 in PA 0 at 100X. The nucleus is pretty bright and stellar about 10% of the time. The
arms are somewhat mottled. This nice galaxy has a companion to the south which is faint, small and round.

NGC 7361 Pretty faint, pretty large and gradually brighter in the middle. This lens-shaped galaxy is elongated 3x1 in PA 0 at 135X. Averted vision makes it wider in the middle.

IC 5131 Faint, pretty small, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 30 and brighter in the middle at 135X.

IC 5156 Faint, pretty small, much elongated 3 X 1 in PA 0 with a brighter middle at 135X. The brighter central area is also elongated in the same PA as the galaxy.

IC 5269 Pretty faint, pretty small, Elongated 2x1 in PA 30 and somewhat brighter in the middle at 135X. Nice, spindle-shaped galaxy.

IC 5271 Pretty bright, pretty large, much brighter in the middle and elongated 2.5x1 in PA 135 at 100X. Nicer than I thought it would be.


Double Stars in PSA

Beta easy split at 100X, light yellow and blue

Dunlop 241 wide pair, light yellow and light blue

h 5356 Nice triple, one wide pair is easy at 100X, the close pair needs 200X to split.
Light orange, blue and light blue.

Gamma Elongated at 100X and Notched at 200X, this pair was never cleanly split.