Other objects examined last night included the interacting galaxy pair NGC-1531 and 1532 in the constellation Eridanus, the river. NGC-1532 is a large nearly edge-on spiral galaxy that is drawing in the much smaller elliptical galaxy NGC-1531. At a magnitude of 10.6, it's bright enough but is low in the sky even from the Alabama Gulf Coast. NGC-1531 is much dimmer and harder to see, but averted vision reveals the magnitude 12.3 galaxy at 188X.
Another galaxy I observed was the diminutive spiral galaxy NGC-691 in Aires. Nestled among a group of foreground stars, this small galaxy was only visible as a round glow with a brighter core.
Two more galaxies in Pisces the fishes also were observed, NGC-718 and NGC-741. NGC-718 was the brighter of the two, with an oval outline and a brighter core. It's a barred spiral galaxy that was quite easy to locate and is moderately bright.
NGC-741 is a dimmer elliptical galaxy that has a smaller companion near it, NGC-742. Small and round with a brighter core, NGC-741 was barely visible even though it's magnitude was 11.6. The sky conditions might be why that was the case, because fog and frost was forming everywhere at the landing strip by nine p.m. The smaller companion galaxy NGC-742 was not visible, not that at a magnitude of 14.4 would it be visible through a 10-inch telescope from a light polluted site.