|NGC 1055: Spiral Galaxy (Cetus) RA: 02h 41.7m / DEC: +00° 26'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 1055 lies half-a-degree north of M77 in Cetus. It's a 10.6 magnitude Sb-type galaxy. A prominent asterism of four bright stars arranged in triangular form points at NGC 1055. The brightest of these are at the base of the triangle, shining at 6.7 and 7.6 magnitude, respectively. The galaxy is pretty much skewered by the 11th magnitude GSC star at the apex of this grouping. NGC 1055 appears 5'x2' in size along an east-west line. While you're in the area, try for faint NGC 1072. This 13th magnitude spiral lies just 27' to the east-southeast. My sketch is based on a 129X view in the 10-inch Starfinder.
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