(IAAC) Obj: M108 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-18/19, 08:15 UT
Location: Whidbey Island, WA, USA (48N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 10x50 Tasco binoculars
Magnification: 10x
Filters used: None
Object: M108
Category: Spiral galaxy
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag 10.0  size 8'x2'
RA/DE: 11h11m  +55o40'
Just visible as a faint haze at the "bottom of the
bowl" 1.5o southeast of Beta UMa, this galaxy even
revealed a hint of its elongated shape with averted
vision. Don't expect to find this object with binocs
in anything but the most ideal conditions, though!
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren