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(IAAC) M33



Hi Dave,
I have never seen M33 naked eye from nearby Webster, MA, where my sky 
limiting magnitude rarely exceeds 5.3 or 5.4. It is always an easy target in 
my 10 x 50 binoculars and in my 4" Astroscan (given a reasonably clear 
night). In my 8" SCT it is more problematic seeing the whole galaxy clearly, 
although the bright star forming region is always easy to spot. 
In darker locales, where limiting magnitude exceeds 6.0 (such as at Frosty 
Drew Observatory in Charlestown, RI), M33 is often a naked eye object, 
requiring only a general idea of its location to spot it easily, even with 
direct vision. We have noted spiral structure using FDO's 16" LX200, although 
the galaxy more than fills that scope's largest field of view. Several other 
smaller star forming regions have also been observed with that scope. 
Regards,
Doug Stewart
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