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RA: 13h 33m 57.4s
Dec: −50° 29′ 34″
Ch: MSA:953, U2:430, SA:21
Type: galaxy, Sb…
Mag: B=14.54, V=?
Size: 1.513′ x 0.562′
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Date: 2008 April 10, Thursday night
Location: Sutherland (town, Jurg's guest house)
Sky conditions: Dark, clear
Telescope: 12-inch f/4.9 Dobsonian
Eyepieces: 25mm Sirius Plossl, 60x, 46' fov & 10mm Sirius Plossl, 150x, 14/17' fov
Working on MSA chart 953, star hopping from Omega Centauri.
See rough eyepiece sketch: I star-hopped to the two stars A & B (which are 6 arcmin apart) and immediately noticed the striking Diamond Cross asterism south-east of B, and drew these in on my rough field-sketch. Knowing that the galaxy made a 90-degree triangle with the pair, I saw it right away and plotted its position: but then realized I was seeing a pB star instead – one not shown on MSA 953 ('C' on the sketch). With attention, a faint roundish glow is seen due south of this star, which turns out to be the hunted-for galaxy.
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