Observation by Alan Thomas: NGC2300, NGC2276 in Cepheus

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Alan Thomas


Alan Thomas


2021 Oct 18 - 22:29


2021 Oct 19 - 10:46



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Field centre

RA: 07h31m
Dec: +85°42'
Position angle: -60°49'

Field size

0°21' × 0°19'

  • Unistellar eQuinox 112mm reflector



Norbreck Observatory, Warrington, Cheshire, UK.

Target name

Pair of galaxies in Cepheus


NGC2300, NGC2276 in Cepheus

About this image

An unexpected period of semi-clear weather last night encouraged me to continue my explorations with the eQuinox. Cloud prevented me seeing anything bar the Moon, Jupiter and a few bright stars with the naked eye, but the eQuinox still managed to deliver a series of tolerable DSO images.

A waxing gibbous Moon to the South encouraged attention to the circumpolar region and I selected this this pair of galaxies in Cepheus more or less at random. NGC2300 is an elliptical galaxy seen in the centre of the image. NGC2276, a face-on spiral galaxy, can be faintly detected about 2/3rds of the way to the Northern border of the frame.

A longer exposure may well yield more satisfactory results, but at the moment I have nothing much to go on but trial-and-error and comparison with images obtained by others with different instruments.


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