|NGC 520: Peculiar Galaxy (Pisces) RA: 01h 24.6m / DEC: +03° 47'.7|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This peculiar galaxy is located about 1.5 degrees southeast of NGC 488 in north-central Pisces. My drawing, based on the view in my 10-inch Newtonian at 129X, shows a 4'x1' object elongated northwest-to-southeast. Foreground stars are visible at each end of the galaxy. NGC 520 begins to display its peculiar nature in larger instruments which reveal a twisted contorted object. Twenty-five field stars provide a context for this interesting galaxy. 5.1 magnitude 89 Piscium shines 1.7 degrees to the west.
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