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(IAAC) Object: M65, M66, ngc3628 - Instrument: 7x50 binos



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-2-9/10, 08:40 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.0 (zenith) 4.6 (near object)
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm binos
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M65, M66 (ngc3628 not seen)
Category: Pair of spiral galaxies
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 9.3, 9.0   size 10'x3', 9'x4'
RA/Dec: 11h20m   13o00'
Description:
This dim little pair was surprisingly easy to spot with
averted vision, near a very distinctive chain of mag 7-9
stars S and SE of 73 Leo. (73 is midway between Iota and
Theta Leonis). The light of the two galaxies had a funny
tendency to combine in averted vision (in spite of a 20'
separation between their cores), but with concentration
the pair could be seen as distinct, with even a hint of
their different orientations (perhaps helped by memory!)
No sign of nearby group-member ngc3628 could be seen.