|NGC 720: Elliptical Galaxy (Cetus) RA: 01h 53.0m / DEC: -13° 44'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This class 5 elliptical galaxy never gets far from the horizon for observers at mid-northern latitudes. It resides at a declination of nearly -14 degrees, about 3.5 degrees south of 3.7 magnitude Zeta (55) Ceti. NGC 720 is shown in the sketch at left, a rendering of a 129X view in my 10-inch Newtonian. Its 10.2 magnitude glow is spread across an area some 2.5'x1' in size. There is no discernible brightening at the core. A triangular arrangement of 13th magnitude GSC stars frames NGC 720. Three additional stars complete the drawing. The brighter pair near the western boundary are 11th magnitude GSC stars.
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