Basic object information

Object name: APM 08279+5255 & PGC 2421539
Object type: Quasar
Magnitude: ~16

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 8h 31m 42.0s
Dec (J2000.0): +52 45' 17"

Constellation: Lynx


Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Härskiänsaari, Ruokolahti, Finland
Date/Time: 30/31.1.2006 19:20-20:20

Telescope: Newton 457/2280 mm

Magn: 309x

Filter:

Field: 10'

NE Lim.mag: 6.3

Background sky: 3

Seeing: 2

Height: 54
Visuality: V
Weather: -10C, windy

This is a very difficult field. The weather was far from ideal but still I decided to watch if I was able to see quasar APM 08279+5255. It took an hour to be sure what there is in view. According to CCD images, POSS and star charts the quasar was visible (arrow). It was pretty hard to see but the stars on the south side were much harder. I got several glimpses on that area, but I'm not sure how many stars there are, least one ;) I estimate that the quasar is 15.5-16 mag. The distance to this object is something between 12-13 billion ly. I got also some glimpses of faint galaxy PGC 2421539 which is south from the quasar. It was occasionally visible with extreme averted vision. I have to look again at this field in better conditions.