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Hickson 88 (GLXGRP)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 12×12'
Name: HCG88
Type: GLXGRP
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 20h52m24.00s / -05°44'59.00"

Group Members:
MCG-1-53-14 (PGC65612) b15.0 mag 1.1x0.3' (70°)
NGC6975 (NGC6976) v14.0 mag 0.8x0.7' (5°)
NGC6977 v13.2 mag 1.3x0.9'
NGC6978 v13.3 mag 1.5x0.7' (125°)
8" f/6, 171x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Due to its low altitude this galaxy group can be a real challenge for 8 inch. Only the two brightest members were visible, which appeared similar bright. NGC6978 is the largest one and appeared elongated and almost evenly bright at 171x. However this galaxy wasn't evident at the first glance, but afterwards easily held with averted vision. NGC6977 is similarly difficult, somewhat fainter, roundish and evenly bright.

MODERATE
33" f/3.9, 194x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: The two brightest members were obvious and visible with direct vision. NGC6978 was obviously elongated with a brighter core, NGC6977 was smaller, roundish to slightly oval with somewhat brighter core. Between these two galaxies a star was apparent. NGC6975 was fainter and only visible with averted vision as roundish nebula with also somewhat brighter core. All three galaxies are arranged in a line with almost same distances. A nice view! The faintest member (PGC65612) wasn't visible due to problems with dew on the secondary mirror. With large aperture a very nice Hickson Group.
EASY

IC1368 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: IC1368, UGC11703
Type: GLX, SY2
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 21h14m12.59s / +02°10'40.69"
Brightness / Size: b14.3 mag / 1.3x0.5'
8" f/6, 200x, Bortle 4, SQM-L 21.0
SQM-L 20.6: Elongated, thin, very faint.
DIFFICULT

MCG-1-53-14 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: MCG-1-53-14, PGC65612
Group: HCG88
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 20h52m12.75s / -05°47'53.88"
Brightness / Size: b15.0 mag / 1.1x0.3'
33" f/3.9, 194x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: The secondary mirror was permanently wet with dew so longer observing wasn't possible. We also used higher magnifications, but without success.
FAILED

NGC6975 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC6975, NGC6976
Group: HCG88
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 20h52m26.02s / -05°46'19.84"
Brightness / Size: v14.0 mag / 0.8x0.7'
8" f/6, 171x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Due to quite low altitude and brightened skies I guess that this galaxy isn't feasible with 8".

FAILED
33" f/3.9, 194x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Roundish with somewhat brighter center. But overall quite faint.
MODERATE

NGC6977 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC6977
Group: HCG88
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 20h52m29.71s / -05°44'45.98"
Brightness / Size: v13.2 mag / 1.3x0.9'
8" f/6, 171x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Roundish, very faint.

MODERATE
33" f/3.9, 194x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Roundish to slightly oval, slight brightening toward the middle.
EASY

NGC6978 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC6978
Group: HCG88
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 20h52m35.47s / -05°42'39.98"
Brightness / Size: v13.3 mag / 1.5x0.7'
8" f/6, 171x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Elongated/oval, almost evenly bright. Quite well seen with averted vision.

MODERATE
33" f/3.9, 194x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.0+, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.6, Alt ca. 32°: Obviously elongated with brighter core, diffuse edges.
EASY

NGC7010 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7010, IC5082
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 21h04m39.48s / -12°20'18.05"
Brightness / Size: v13.0 mag / 1.9x1.0'
8" f/6, 133x, Bortle 3
Tried at different magnifications (from 80x to 171x) without success.
FAILED

NGC7309 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7309, H2.476
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 22h34m20.57s / -10°21'25.32"
Brightness / Size: v12.5 mag / 2.0x1.7'
8" f/6, 80x, Bortle 3
Fairly faint, diffuse, slightly elongated.
MODERATE

NGC7365 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7365
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 22h45m10.02s / -19°57'07.27"
Brightness / Size: v12.9 mag / 1.5x1.0'
8" f/6, 133x, Bortle 3
Glimpsed with averted vision as very faint brightening. Unfortunately low altitude!
DIFFICULT

NGC7371 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7371, H2.477
Type: GLX
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 22h46m03.72s / -11°00'03.82"
Brightness / Size: v11.6 mag / 2.0x2.0'
8" f/6, 80x, Bortle 3
Diffuse, fairly faint.
MODERATE

NGC7378 (GLX)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: NGC7378
Type: GLX, SY2
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 22h47m47.70s / -11°48'59.86"
Brightness / Size: v12.7 mag / 1.5x0.9'
8" f/6, 133x, Bortle 3
At 80x intermittently, at 133x permanently seen with averted vision. Slightly elongated, diffuse.
DIFFICULT