A Superlative Spiral

NGC 1365
Barred spiral galaxy
Ilford NSW Australia
56cm f5 Dobsonian telescope
Field: 27′
Magnification: 218x
Sky Quality Meter reading: 21:57

Black Canford paper
White pen
Soft white pencil
White pastel chalk
White oil pencil
Paint brush
Blending stump

NGC 1365 was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826, and ranks as one of the most beautiful barred spiral galaxies in the skies.

In the 56cm dob one can only describe the view via the use of superlatives.

Scott Mellish

4 thoughts on “A Superlative Spiral”

  1. Scott,

    Impressive work on this big, bright and showy barred spiral.
    It would be difficult to find a better one.

    Frank 🙂

  2. Magnificent sketch, Scott. Such a light touch is masterful. Congratulations on this work. I hope to track down this gem this coming New Moon. If the clouds clear, might make for an interesting comparison.
    Alex M.

  3. Scott, Very cool sketch. I’m also adding this object to my observing list, hopefully I can get out to a dark sky site sometime this week.

  4. Frank, Alex and John

    Thank you very much.

    NGC 1365 is one of those galaxies that looks good in almost any size telescope.


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