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Time to hunt for IC342

Started by Inge_S, 09/04/2002 05:37AM
Posted 09/04/2002 05:37AM Opening Post
IC342 in Camelopardalis is an extremely difficult face-on spiral galaxy. The integrated magnitude is relatively high, but it is large, and is considered to be at least as difficult as NGC147 in Cassiopeia, but detectable in an 8-inch. I have never seen it, but never made an attempt either. Now, however, is the right time, I will have it at a convenient altitude when it gets dark at night. I just have to wait for clear sky.

Anyone else taking the challenge?
Posted 09/04/2002 02:35PM #1
My 4" TV-102 Light Cup would like to try too, Inge. IC 342 is a RASC Deep Sky Challenge Object (8"-12" minimum!). Walter Scott Houston wrote that he had seen both NGC 147 and 185 through a "4-inch instrument". He also noted that he couldn't recall seeing IC 342 through a 4-inch :-(. So at least these latter two are hopeful for me ;-).

According to Skiff's Observing Handbook, the surface bright ness are:
IC 342: SB=15.2 (wow)
NGC 147: SB=14.5
NGC 185: SB=14.3

Umm, on 2nd thought ...

Ron B[ee]
Posted 09/10/2002 07:39AM #2

I observed this Local Group galaxy on Thursday night from Cherry Springs State Park using a friend's new 14.5" f/4.3 Starmaster. IC 342's core was visible but not much else. We also visited the more difficult Maffei I.

Dave Mitsky

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Posted 09/17/2002 02:12AM #3
I'll take the challenge. It can't be any more difficult than NGC 6118 in Serpens. I'm going down to Southern Utah next week for some clear dark skies. I'll give a report when I find it.

Posted 09/17/2002 07:10AM #4

I observed IC342 at the BFSP almost two weeks ago using a 14.5" f/4.3 Starmaster Dob. It wasn't much of a target visually with only the brighter nuclear core being visible.

Dave Mitsky

Chance favors the prepared mind.

De gustibus non est disputandum.