Basic object information

Object name: NGC 5128
Popular name: Centaurus A
Object type: Galaxy
Magnitude: 6.6
Size: 25.7'x20.0'
Position angle: 35
Object classification: SO
Description: !!vB,vL,vmE122,bifid
Notes: Dark central band;radio source

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 13h 25m 30.0s
Dec (J2000.0): -43 01' 00"
Constellation: Centaurus

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: NOT (2390 m), La Palma, Spain
Date/Time: 28/29.3.2008 1:25

Telescope: Newton 110/805 mm

Magn: 115x


Field: 43'

NE Lim.mag: 7.2

Background sky: 1-2

Seeing: 3

Height: 18
Visuality: I
Weather: +4C, huminidy 40%, wind 10 m/s

A very bright elliptical haze which has divided into two parts at low powers. 115x shows much more details. There are two stars, about 11 mag, involved with the southern part. The both parts are brighter around the dark central lane and they fade gradually to the hazy edges. The southern part is clearly brighter than northern, which is almost even brightness.