NGC 1023 -- Barred Lenticular Glaxy in Perseus
What most stands out when observing the Barred Lenticular Galaxy, NGC 1023, is the contrast
between is overly bright enlarged core and the very-faint extended outer region. The main
reason for the dominate bright core is that it is fueled by a supermassive Black Hole with the
combined mass of over 50 million of our sun’s. The trick in the 100mm refractor was not in
finding the galaxy – its core was not difficult to see, but in spending enough time to tease out
the surrounding fainter extensions of this galaxy.