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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC5128 Centaurus-A (galaxy) INST: 80mm APO f/6 fl=480mm



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 1/1/98 11:00
Location & latitude: Cancun, Mexico
Site classification: Urban/Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.1 zenith (est) 4.0 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  5 (?)
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear to pt. cloudy
Instrument: 80mm APO refractor f/6 - f/l 480mm
Magnifications: 16x,32x,69x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC5128 Centaurus A (galaxy)
Constellation: Centaurus
Object data: Galaxy
Size(s):  about 25 arc min.
Position: RA 13:25  DEC -43
Magnitude: 6.8
Personal Rating (for this aperture): C+
Best at around 70x, this was fairly easy to find only because it was
near Omega Centauri (globular). I just ran the scope up to the north
for a few degrees and looked for the nebulosity.
It was a bit difficult at first, requiring averted vision to see the
dark lane that runs roughly west to east and splits the approximately
round patch in two pieces. Dark lane visible at 32 & 69x.
Round patch of galaxy is relatively large, but at this aperture and
focal length it still appears reasonably small, not as huge as Omega
Centauri nearly, the largest globular I have ever seen.
Thanks!
- Todd
___________________________
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
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