|NGC 246 & NGC 255: Planetary Nebula & Galaxy (Cetus) RA: 00h 47.8m / DEC: -11° 28'.1|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This delicate galaxy resides less than one-half degree from the fine planetary nebula, NGC 246. The sketch at left presents both as they appear in my 10-inch Newtonian at 63X. NGC 246 is the 3' diameter nebulosity just southwest of center. A triangular grouping of stars is visible within the nebula. NGC 255 is positioned about 27' to the northeast. The 11.8 magnitude galaxy covers a 2' diameter area and is slightly elongated north-south. The 7.7 magnitude star 23' west of the galaxy is HD 4395. Twenty field stars complete the view.
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