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(IAAC) Object: M32, M110 Instrument: 16" Newtonian f/4.59



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 09/05/97 0745 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.3 (estimated) 5.3 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  4
Moon up (phase?): No
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59
Magnifications: 98x
Filters used: none 
Object: M32 and M110
Constellation: Andromeda
Object data:  Galaxies
Two of the four well known satellite Galaxies of M31, the Andromeda galaxy,
lie very close to it M32, and M110. At this aperture, these galaxies look very
much like their photographic counterparts (when using short exposure times)
M32 does not look star like at all at 98x, but a small, round galaxy with a 
suddenly brighter core. It does look somewhat like an unresolved globular.
In smaller aperture, at this magnification, it can look star-like to a
degree at first
glance, with the surrounding nebulosity around the brighter core not as readily
picked out.
M110 is a few times larger, and on the opposite side of M31. Unlike M32, 
it is elongated, almost rectangular, and brightens GRADUALLY towards the 
central, elongated core. Elongation is almost perpendicular to M31.
Both are fairly featureless.
- Todd
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