|NGC 270: Galaxy (Cetus) RA: 00h 50.5m / DEC: -08° 39'.1|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 270 is tucked away in southwestern Cetus. This 12.9 magnitude lenticular galaxy covers a 60"x45" area at 129X in the 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian. NGC 270 is oriented along a northeast-to-southwest axis. My sketch includes 13 field stars, the brightest being the five 10th-through-12th magnitude sparklers north of the galaxy. 6.2 magnitude 21 Ceti shines 56' east of NGC 270. While you're in the area, check out a nice little grouping of three galaxies, NGCs 273, 274 and 275. They're located 1.7 degrees to the north.
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