Two very small and very dim galaxies lie just south of the star Alpheratz. The first, H.IV.15 (left), was classed by Herschel as a planetary nebula; frankly, I would have made the same mistake had I not known better. Actually, it is a small, 13th magnitude elliptical.
The other is H.III.147 (right), another 13th magnitude galaxy -- this time a spiral. These two objects are a real test for vision, the telescope, and the night.
|CLASS:||elliptical galaxy||spiral galaxy|
|SIZE:||1' x 0.7'||1.5' x 0.5''|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||08/306/76|