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(IAAC) OBS M31 7x35 binos



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: 35mm binos
Magnification: 7
Filters used: none
Object: M31
Category: Galaxy (spiral)
Constellation: Andromeda
Object diameter: 178'x40'
RA/DE: 00h42', +41o16'
Description: A stunning (and LARGE) object in binos
under a dark sky, this object also shows some hints
of detail in its spiral arms, even with this limited
instrumentation. The more removed companion galaxy
(M110) was also seen without difficulty.
NOTE: At this time of year, the object is just rising to
a viewable altitude in the half-hour before dawn at 42oN!