(IAAC) Obj: M65, M66 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-18/19, 08:20 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: M65, M66
Category: Interacting galaxies
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 9.3, 9.0  size 10'x3', 9'x4'
RA/DE: 11h20m  +13o00'
Surprisingly, M66 (I believe it was) was just visible
as a faint, slightly extended blur with averted vision
and much concentration. Unfortunately, the dimmer member
of this pair (usually M65, telescopically) was not seen.
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren