TRIANGULUM
by Steve Coe
13.1" f/5.6 unless noted

NGC 598 (M33) Very bright, extremely large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 0, much brighter in the middle at 100X. From my darkest Arizona sites this object is naked eye with averted vision. It is immediately obvious in a finder or binoculars. In the 13" at 165X, several H II regions are visible, including NGC 604 in the northern arm.
On the best of nights this object is spectacular, showing a beautiful 'S' pattern superimposed over a background glow. The entire face of the galaxy shimmers with mottling. The brightest globular cluster is a stellar point of about 14th mag at 220X on a night I rated 9/10 for seeing. I wish I had a big enough scope to show globulars in external galaxies as something other than a stellar point.

Sentinel 10/10 Super night Just seen naked eye, about 1/3 the size of the AND Galaxy. 11X80 shows a bright, large, brighter middle, elongated 2X1 in PA 30 in a rich star field. The best view is with the 13" and a 14mm eyepiece, 3 spiral arms, many knots, NGC 604 obvious, core bright.

Ultimate Star Party, McDonald Obs. Oct. 95, S=6, T=8, 36" f/5--

M 33 in 36" f/5 with 27mm is amazing. The detail that is seen within the arms of this face-on galaxy equals what can be seen in photographs from the 48 inch Schmidt camera, it is un-drawable. The curved arms are filled with bright spots from the core to the tips of the spiral. I counted 20 bright areas in the arm which I see as "up". I can see the difference between Population I and Population II areas in the galaxy. The stars in the core form a smooth surface to the central section that is light yellow, whereas
the arms are splotchy and bluish.

next night-
M33 in 36" 27mm; undrawable, three arms, one up and two down. All with massive lumps in all the arms. HII regions in all areas, central bright regions has almost stellar core.

NGC 661 Faint, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 60 and much brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 670 Faint, small, little elongated (1.5 X 1) in PA 0 and somewhat brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 672 Bright, Large, elongated 3 X 1 in PA 60 with a bright middle at 100X.

NGC 684 Pretty faint, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 90 and brighter in the middle at 135X.

NGC 739 Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 0. Not brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 750 Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 0. Somewhat brighter in the middle. NGC 751 is separated from 750 even at this power, but going to 165X does help split this galaxy pair.

NGC 761 Very faint, small and round.

NGC 777 Pretty bright, pretty large, somewhat brighter in the middle and little elongated (1.2 X 1) in PA 0 at 135X.

NGC 778 Very faint, very small and round at 135X.

NGC 783 Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 and has a bright middle at 135X. There is a 13th mag star involved.

NGC 784 Pretty faint, large, somewhat brighter in the middle and much elongated (4 X 1) in PA 0 at 100X. The arms of this edge-on galaxy are very mottled and the central bulge is very evident. Averted vision makes this object grow in size.

Buckeye 4/10 13" 100X-very faint, pretty large, elongated, not brighter middle. 150X very faint, pretty large, elongated 3X1 in PA 15, very little very gradually brighter middle. Averted vision shows a little mottling in this low surface brightness galaxy.

Granite Wash Mt. S+T 8/10 13" 100X--faint, pretty large, elongated 3X1, bright middle, central enlongated "bar" in same PA as galaxy. Having a transparency = 8 sure helps.

NGC 855 Faint, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 60 and has a bright middle at 100X.

NGC 865 Very faint, pretty small, much elongated (3 X 1) in PA 0 and somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X. Averted vision helps the contrast of this object.

NGC 890 Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 45 and much brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 925 Pretty bright, large, elongated 3 X 1 in PA 110. The middle is much brighter and the core is also elongated, in the same PA as the main body of the galaxy. There are several 13th mag stars involved at
135X. On a very good evening I can just see a hint of spiral structure in this galaxy. The spiral arms grow in size with averted vision and the entire galaxy sparkles with mottling.

NGC 949 Pretty bright, pretty large, elongated 2 X 1 in PA 135 and somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X.

NGC 959 Pretty faint, pretty large, elongated 1.5 X 1 in PA 90 and somewhat brighter in the middle at 100X.

IC 1727 Faint, large, somewhat brighter in the middle and little elongated (1.5 X 1) in PA 75. At 100X this low surface brightness galaxy is in the same field of view as NGC 672.


Double Stars

Epsilon TRI Notched at 135X, Split at 165X, Blue-white and white

Iota TRI Split 165X, Yellow and light blue

Struve 232 Split 165X, White and white, nice matched pair

Struve 239 Split 135X, White and light blue