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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 2976 (sp. galaxy) INST: 16" Newt f/4.59



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 10/29/97 0805 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.2 (estimated) 5.1 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  5-6
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59
Magnifications: 98, 170x(binoviewer), 124x, 267x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 2976
Constellation: Vicinity of Ursa Major, near M81/82
Object data:  Galaxy - spiral
This is a ghostly, elongated, or edge-on spiral galaxy.
It resembles (literally) a flyer saucer, because of it's long
football shape.
 Very similar in shape and size to NGC 891, but without the dark lane, 
and somewhat smaller. Appeared best around 150x.
- Todd
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