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: Wicherina, Greenough, Australia
Date/time: 12/13.1.2010 2:30
Telescope: Newton 254/1200 mm
Magn: 341x Filter: -
Field: 14' NE Lim.mag: 7.4
SQM: 21.7 (1) Seeing: 4
Visuality: I Height: 42
Weather: +16C  
Centaurus A. I have waited several years to see this galaxy with a larger telescope than 4"...and it didn't disappoint! Several magnifications have been used with this sketch. A dark central band is slightly curved and there is a brighter line in it. The northern lobe is much larger than the southern and it has a sharp south-edge which contains brighter spots. Also several stars are involved with the galaxy.