Re: (IAAC) Obj: M74 (NGC 628) - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Thanks for some more great observations!  Your observation of m 74 is
especially impressive.  This was a difficult object even with the 40"
f/5. A search of the IAAC site reveals several negative reports.
However, under excellent skies Lew Gramer reported 3 spiral arms with
a 20".  If memory serves I believe Rich Jakiel reported elsewhere seeing
several spiral arms as well as numerous HII regions, also with a 20".
One of these days I'm going to have to make a trip out west to see what
mag 7 skies really look like! Here in Missouri we rarely get much better
than 6.  The best I've ever recorded at my observing site is 6.4.
Clear, transparent, and steady skies,
> Extremely faint and difficult Messier object, almost invisible. However,
> transparent skies finally allowed me to see this object for the first time.
> Very low surface brightness galaxy.
> I saw a fuzzy starlike feature in the center surrounded by a faint round
> glow and what seemed like a faint star just off the center.
> There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
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> Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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