(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC2903, Galaxy (Leo) INST: 16" f/4.59 Newt

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 12/3/97
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.3 (estimated) 5.2 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  4-5
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59
Magnifications: 69x,124x,205x,267x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC290 Sp. Galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Object data: RA 09:32 DEC +21:30  Mag. 9  12.6'x6'
Personal "rating" (at this aperture):  B
This is a bright object, and looks kind of like a galaxy within a galaxy. 
Oriented mainly N-S with soft nebulosity forming an oval appearance, 
almost football shaped. More well defined is the little
core that becomes more prominent at higher power, and seems to 
elongate the more I spend time with it and us averted vision to try to catch 
it's pointed ends. A hint of a dark lane on the East side of the core.