|NGC 16: Galaxy (Pegasus) RA: 00h 09.1m / DEC: +27° 43'.8|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
The sixteenth object in the NGC can be found 24' east of the first, NGC 1. NGC 16 is a 12.0 magnitude SO-type galaxy. It appears as a 60"x45" oval in the 10-inch Starfinder as shown at left. The sketch, made at 129X, shows the galaxy within a grouping of nine 12th and 13th magnitude stars. The remaining field stars, 18 in all, range from 10th to 13th magnitude. Don't allow the appearance of this faint galaxy to deceive you. It has a radial velocity of just over 3,000 km per second, which suggests this stellar metropolis is being observed from a distance of 150 million light years. Dinosaurs roamed the Earth when the light collected by your telescope began its journey. Use 2.0 magnitude Alpheratz, 1.4 degrees due north, as the starting point of your hop to NGC 16.
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