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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 676 - Inst: 20" f/5 dob newt



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-31/08-01, 07:15 UT
Location: Savoy, MA, USA (42N, elev 700m)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.2 (zenith)
Seeing: 7 of 10 - pretty good, brightening haze
Moon up: no
Instrument: 20" f/5 Tectron truss-tube dob Newtonian reflector
Magnification: 70x, 210x
Filters used: None
Object: ngc676
Category: Spiral galaxy [S0a:sp]
Constellation: Psc
Data: mag 11?  size 4'x1'
RA/DE: 01h49m  +05o54m
Description:
Last stop on the Autumn Express tonight, was a bright galaxy which
I've never seen before, stuck about midway between M74 and M77: the
weird little spiral n676. A readily found brightish blur, near the
center of the base edge of the isoceles triangle formed by the stars
omicron, nu, and xi Psc. Too low and immersed in lightening haze to
to show much detail, other than a considerable brightening at its
very tight, circular core, and a hint of elongation N-S in its halo.