Twisted Local galaxy

IC 342
IC 342

– Object: IC342 (Caldwell 5) in Camelopardalis
– Object Type: Galaxy – member of Local Group
– Location: Grandpré (France) – NELM 6.1
– Date: 24th September 2011
– Telescope: Schmitt-Cassegrain C11 on CGEM mount
– Eyepiece: Televue Nagler 13mm Type 6 –> 215x, 23 arcm
– Media: Graphite pencil on white paper –> digitally scan & inverted

A group of a dozen Dutch and Belgian experienced observers had organised a starparty end of September, an hour over the French border to seek dark skies for “genuine” deepsky work. We had a splendid weekend with three clear skies, many exceptional observations and beautiful memories that were taken back home.

The Local Member galaxy IC 342 is quite a challenge – even for experienced observers, since it has a very low surface brightness of 14.6 over a total surface of 20 arcminutes. This observation was made under those good dark conditions and took more than an hour to screen the entire field of view for faint details. Direct observation only visualised the bright core of the galaxy with a hue of nebulosity over the entire field of view. A quite noticeable chain of 6 bright stars lies southwest of the core. Averted observation finally resolved the faint spiral arms of this galaxy and several bright HII regions became visible.

I hope you enjoy the sketch!

Kind regards,
Tom Corstjens

5 thoughts on “Twisted Local galaxy”

  1. Terrific job, Tom, that’s an outstanding detailed sketch of a really faint object. Congratulations on you patience and talent.

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