“Far Out Galaxies”: Observing the most distant galaxies in the NGC/IC Catalog
I have created a list of the most distant galaxies in the NGC/IC catalog. All have a light travel time of one billion light years and more. I have observed most of the galaxies on list of 94 and have taken notes and have drawings of most of them. I will talk about the history and morphology of these far distant galaxies. Who knew there were so many galaxies with a light travel time of 1 gyr +?
I became interested in astronomy in the early 1970’s. At the time, there was a lot of excitement about the comet, Kohoutck. Kohoutck was a bust and did not live up to the hype, but it piqued my interest in astronomy. I was attending LSU at the time, and sitting in on astronomy classes. I soon purchased a 4” refractor— and that was all she wrote. I was hooked. For most of my astronomy life, I campaigned with a 25” Obsession telescope. I dragged that scope all over the country and became a dark sky junkie. My wife Connie and I settled in Fort Davis, Texas after I retired from work in Florida in 2005. Fort Davis has some of the darkest skies in the US and a mild climate, conducive to observing. I soon decided to build my dream scope, a 1.2 meter (48”) reflector. Then I began the construction of my observatory.
I have discovered many unknown objects with the 48” reflector, including a PN (The Sweet Pea) in 2011. In 2011, I was awarded the Texas Star Party Lone Star Gazer award. The award is for achievement, accomplishment, and expertise within astronomy. I am humbled to be among the past recipients. I look forward to my first OSP as I have heard many great things about the location.