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(IAAC) OBS M31 naked-eye



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of observation: May 25, 1996, 07:30 UT
Location: Gunstock, NH, USA (43oN)
Site classification: Rural
Limiting magnitude (visual): 6.2
Seeing (from 1 to 5): 2
Moon up/phase: down
Instrument: visual
Magnification: -
Filters used: none
Object: M31
Category: Galaxy (spiral)
Constellation: Andromeda
Object diameter: 178'x40'
RA/DE: 00h42', +41o16'
Description: A clear naked-eye "smudge" above the body
of Andromeda, this magnificent object also displayed at
least 1.5 degrees elongation to my unaided eye. A simul-
taneous binocular report follows.
NOTE: At this time of year, the object is just rising to
a viewable altitude in the half-hour before dawn at 42oN!