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(IAAC) Obj: M 102 - Inst: 7x50 binoculars



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-26/27, 03:00 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.7 (zenith)
Seeing: 7 (out of 10 highest) - good
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm Simmons binoculars
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M102 (ngc5866)
Category: Spiral galaxy
Constellation: Dra
Data: mag 9.9  size 5'x2'
RA/DE: 15h07m  +55o46m
Description:
Intermittently visible to averted vision with field motion
ONLY, almost due S of iota Dra about 1.5 binocular fields.
A very indistinct haze surrounding and N of a mag. 7 star
which lies near the center of a "house-shaped" or Cepheus-
like asterism of mag. 5 to 7 stars, whose "peak" points NW.
Were I not sure of M102's EXACT location from charts, this
suburban observation would have been an "AINT NO" for sure.