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Re: (IAAC) Obj: M33, Pinwheel Galaxy - Inst: XT-8 1200mm f:6 dob



This is exactly my impression of M33, having seen it in a 6" Dob w/o 
the moon. This fall I will finally get a chance for it in my 8" SCT 
(right now it is still behind the house, when it isn' behind the 
clouds.
William
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>Observation Poster: Barry Martasian <timetrav2@webtv.net>
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>Observer: Barry Martasian
>Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
>Date/time of observation: August 25, 2001  10:30PM
>Location of site: Frosty Drew Observatory, Charlestown, Rhode Island 
>(Lat , Elev Sea Level)
>Site classification: Rural
>Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
>Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
>Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
>Instrument: XT-8 1200mm f:6 dob
>Magnification: 40mm
>Filter(s): None
>Object(s): M33, Pinwheel Galaxy
>Category: External galaxy.
>Class:
>Constellation: Tri
>Data: mag 5.5  size
>Position: RA :  DEC :
>Description:
>Victory was mine tonight. After trying to find this galaxy several 
>times over the past year the Pinwheel finally made it into my 
>eyepiece. I believe the problem with finding this object is that I 
>usually searched for it after viewing M31 which is Very, Very Bright 
>as opposed to the Very, Very, Dim M33. (My mind was always being 
>fooled by what it thought M33 SHOULD look like these two galaxies 
>are opposite from each other when it comes to brightness).
>
>With the Moon setting and to my back. M33 was almost easy to find 
>using a 40mm eyepiece. It can be discribed as looking like a grey 
>spot on a grey rug.
>It will be fun going back to this galaxy to look for more detail 
>when the sky is free of the Moon all together
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