NGC 6482 – Galaxy in Hercules – July 2019 Observer’s Challenge Object

In an attempt to observe the July Observer’s Challenge object, galaxy NGC 6482, a bit early to avoid the heat and high humidity of June and most of the summer months, here in the foothills of North Carolina:  

Telescope: 10-inch f/4.5 reflector 

I went out last night at about 2:00 AM (May 30th) only to find a not so transparent sky, with a NELM of about 4.6, temperature 55º and with 99% humidity.  The high moisture mixed with high-pollen created a bright sky for sure!

However, while outside, I thought I’d make the best of it and give the galaxy a try.  At 2:00 AM the object was still too low in the east, but I wanted to find the “spot” and work on the object.  At about 3:30 it was high enough to get serious.  At 5:00 AM, I called it quits.  It’s obvious this is going to be a difficult object from my backyard with a 10-inch reflector.   

Observing NGC 6482 with a 6-inch reflector? 

From the “Observing Handbook and Catalog of Deep-Sky Objects” by Luginbuhl and Skiff:  “A mag. 13 star is closely involved with this galaxy, making observation difficult in 15 cm.  With 25 cm the galaxy is small and pretty faint, the mag. 13 star lying just W of center.  It seems slightly elongated E-W……” 

The following is a screen shot from wikisky.org of galaxy NGC 6482: 

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After my unsuccessful attempt to see the July Observer’s Challenge object, and wondering if it might not be possible for me….I received the following information by Tom Reiland from Pennsylvania.  
 
If you don’t know Tom, but the name founds familiar.  Tom was featured in the March 2019, S&T Magazine (pages 30-35) sharing his story of completing a decades long quest to observe and document the entire Herschel Catalog.  
 
So now…..I feel like there is hope for me, with a good night from my backyard, using my 10-inch reflector.
 
Tom, thank you so much for sharing the following observation….Roger 
As following:  Information/notes provided by Tom Reiland 
 
 I found my observation of NGC 6482 late last night/early this morning. It’s almost 40 years old.  I thought that it would be more recent than that. The date was June 22/23, 1979 at 12:48 AM EDLT (Eastern Daylight Later Time).  I was using my 6-inch f/6.6 Newtonian at 50X, 80X and 120X.  
 
My notes show that it appeared to me as being. dim, compact, starlike, roundish/oval, very small and white.  I was using the Meade 20 mm (1.25″) eyepiece, a 12.5 mm eyepiece and a 2.4X Barlow with the 20 mm.  Seeing was poor at a rating of 2 on a scale of 0 to 5.  Transparency was variable with a rating of 4 at its best until clouds moved in after 2:12 AM.
 
I plan on checking it out with the 21-inch the next opportunity I have to observe at Wagman Observatory.
 
Tom Reiland 
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