Basic object information


Object name: NGC 969, NGC 970, NGC 974 & NGC 978A
Object type: Group of galaxies
Magnitude: 12.3, 14.9, 12.8 & 12.2

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 02h 34m 06.0s
Dec (J2000.0): +32 57' 00"

Constellation: Triangulum

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Härskiänsaari, Ruokolahti, Finland
Date/Time: 12/13.12.2004 21:00

Telescope: Newton 406/1830mm

Magn: 146-244x

Filter:

Field: 21'

NE Lim.mag: 6.3

Background sky: 3

Seeing: 3

Height: 62
Visuality: III-V
Weather: -8C, windy

These four galaxies forms the NGC 978 group. NGC 978 (12.2 mag) is a double galaxy but I didn't resolve the companion. It is somewhat elongated in W-E direction and has a stellar core. NGC 969 (12.3 mag) is the second brightest member. It's highly elliptical in NW-SE and has an obvious core which is also elongated. NGC 974 (12.8 mag) is quite faint elliptical haze which is involved with two stars. NGC 970 (14.9 mag) is the smallest and faintest member, I confirmed it at 244x.

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