January 2017 - Picture of the Month
NGC 1291 in Eridanus
In truth I'm not really much of a galaxy observer which might be considered heresy in a Deep-Sky society. In order to mitigate this infringement I've decided to start the new year with a nice bright galaxy.
Those in southern Europe and the US should be able to find NGC 1291 as Steve has from Australia. Unfortunately you won't be so lucky from the UK where it's not visible, so it's one for the winter vacation perhaps.
I chose Steve's image because NGC 1291 is a striking galaxy that shows plenty of detail to the camera that I suspect would need a big telescope so see visually. It's also another of those objects that are so good they named it twice. It seems to bear the designation of NGC 1291 (James Dunlop) and NGC 1269 (John Herschel).
James Whinfrey - Website Administrator.