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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC7331 INST: 16" Dob-newt



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 08/09/97 0630 GMT & other times
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.9 (estimated) 4.9(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  6
Moon up (phase?): No
Instrument: 16" Dob, 96%, 99% coatings
Magnifications:  97,123,142,233 (est. magnification)
Filters used: 
Object: NGC7331
Constellation:  
Object data:  Edge-on Galaxy
Description:
Small, but very bright, clearly defined fairly elongated edge-on with
radiating round bright core that seems to glow out from the center of
the galaxy.  Galaxy is sharply defined on one side, from what appears
to be a dark lane. At high magnification, each side of the Galaxy
seems to extend out far more with averted vision at this aperture. I
have not noticed this, in my suburban skies, with smaller scopes. This
galaxy is very close to Stephan's Quintet, NGC 7320 et al.. which are
dim, ghostly galaxies in sharp contrast to this one, one of the
easiest to pick up in suburban skies because of its compact nature.
- Todd
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BOSTON TV METEOROLOGIST TODD GROSS
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