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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,
Mark
> 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.
> --
> Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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>   http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren/netastrocatalog/enter-log.html
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