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(IAAC) Object: M33 - Instrument: Newt 12.5" f/4.8



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-06-16, 07:00 UT
Location: Bath, ME, USA (44N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 6.7 - low alt
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: Reflector 12.5" f/4.8
Magnification: 55x, 85x
Filters used: none
Object: M33
Category: Spiral galaxy
Constellation: Tri
Data: mag 5.7  size 73'x45'
RA/DE: 01h33m  +30o40m
Description: This can be a lovely little time-sink
with a wide-field eyepiece and good aperture, in a
dark sky! Small dust lane was clearly visible about
15' SW of the tight central concentration. This core
is surrounded by a somewhat less dense concentration
which is slightly oblong SW-NE. A similar dust lane
is visible about 10' E of the core. Still another,
darker dust lane is visible N of the core, stretching
from W from N-NW, out to a distance of about 20'.
Next time you are out under a dark sky, look for this
object naked-eye! Then turn any scope you have on it!