January

The Object of the Month of January is NGC 1023 a bright galaxy in the constellation Perseus. This is a great galaxy to observe in a small scope.

NGC 1023 is a barred lenticular galaxy, approximately 34 million light years away. It is mag. 10.2 and resembles a small M31 with a bright, stellar nucleus. The galaxy is elongated in east west direction.

It is overshadowed by more famous neighbors like The Double Cluster, The little Dumbell, Algol and even the faint California Nebula.

It is the brightest member of the NGC 1023 Group of galaxies in the Local Supercluster of galaxies and is visible in a 4" scope under dark skies.

 

Perseus Finder Chart

 

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