|NGC 185: Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (Cassiopeia) RA: 00h 39.0m / DEC: +48° 20'.2|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 185 is a 9.2 magnitude satellite galaxy of the great Andromeda galaxy, M31. It is located in Cassiopeia about 1 degrees east of NGC 147, another satellite of M31. M31 is easily visible to the naked eye about 7 degrees due south. My drawing records NGC 185's appearance in the 10-inch Starfinder equatorial Newtonian at 63X. The dwarf elliptical presents as an 8'x6' oval nebulosity sandwiched between 8.4 and 8.6 magnitude stars. The nuclear region features an elongated brighter section. NGC 185 has a slightly higher surface brightness than nearby NGC 147--22.9 magnitudes per square arc second compared to 23.0 magnitudes per square arc second--which makes for a somewhat better view.
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