NGC/IC Objects

NGC 898: Spiral Galaxy (Perseus) RA: 02h 23.3m / DEC: +41° 57'.1
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

NGC 898 is usually overlooked in favor of nearby NGC 891, an impressive edge-on spiral galaxy. However, observers with moderate to large aperture will want to sweep the region just east and south of NGC 891 in search of the more than 15 galaxies residing in the neighborhood. NGC 898 is among these. This Sa-type galaxy has a photographic magnitude of 13.8 which suggests a visual magnitude of 12.5-13.0. The sketch at left presents the view at 129X in my 10-inch Newtonian. NGC 898 is very faint and covers a 120"x30" area near the center of the field. The galaxy is aligned roughly north-south with a semicircular grouping of five stars to the east. Some fifty field stars complete the view. NGC 910 lies just beyond the field boundary, 24' to the east.

NGC 891 NGC 908


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