In spite of rainy and windy weather, the 2013 Deep South Regional Stargaze had two nights of good weather which allowed good views of deep sky objects. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay Friday night due to work considerations. Nevertheless, I made good use of the time spent there to observe deep sky objects.
NGC-7094 is a very faint planetary nebula in Pegasus that eluded me from my usual local observing sites. At 227X, it still required an O-III nebula filter to be certain that I had indeed found this slightly oval planetary nebula. This object has two brighter regions along the rim, as well as a prominent central star.
NGC-7437 is one of many fainter galaxies in Pegasus, and until now eluded me from the locally light polluted skies. Small, round and faint, NGC-7437 displays little structure other than a weak central brightening and spans 1.8 arc-minutes. This face-on system has a classification of type Sc which is consistent with the very weak central core, and a magnitude of 13.4, which explains why it was as tough to see locally.
NGC-7538 is a small emission nebula in Cepheus. Quite small, it is also quite bright with a pair of stars inside it. Nicely visible without a nebula filter, an O-III filter greatly improved the view. The nebula's irregular outline and woolly appearance belies it's nature as a cloud of very hot, ionized gasses. Spanning some 8 by 7 arc-minutes, it is certainly with range of much smaller telescopes than a `15-inch.
The galaxies NGC-7463, NGC-7464 and NGC-7465 form a compact trio accessible to medium and large aperture telescope. NGC-7463 is a spiral galaxy of type SBb peculiar with a magnitude of 12.7. It is the largest of the three. NGC 7464 is an elliptical galaxy and the faintest of the three at magnitude 13.4. NGC-7465 is a SBO barred spiral galaxy with an apparent magnitude of 12.4 and the brightest member of this galaxy trio.
This is a nearly edge-on, very elongated galaxy that resembles a large, ghostly cigar at 227X. NGC-7497 is some five arc-minutes in length and shines with a magnitude of 12.4, and yet appears nearly as faint as NGC-7437. It's pointed northeast to southwest in the sky with a fairly strong central brightening. This galaxy like NGC-7437 is also a Sc spiral galaxy but because of the brighter magnitude and near edge on orientation, was easier to spot.
Unfortunately the skies gave out at 2:30 and observing came to an end. I covered the mirror and went to the cottage for the rest of the night. After eating breakfast next morning, I packed up the telescope and returned home. Turnout was quite good given the bad weather Wednesday and Thursday, which I had hopes to also make use of. Once again, the weather was a disappointment like last year. I was hoping for more than one night of good skies, and since I had to return home Saturday which led to me missing the good weather that night. Nevertheless, I had an opportunity to see objects I could not from my usual observing sites. I'm probably going to try enrolling in the annual Spring Scrimmage at the same site so I can observe spring and summer objects before the haze and murky skies close in next year.