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(IAAC) M88 20" Dobsonian



Observer:N.J.Martin
Your skill:intermediate
Date and UT of observation:Jan7 1998 06.45 UT
Location & latitude:near Ayr South West Scotland lat 55 24'56"
Site classification:bright rural
Limiting magnitude (visual):6 (zenith) 
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):3
Moon up (phase?):no
Instrument:20" f4.4 Dobsonian
Magnification:X150, X240
Filters used:None
Object:M88
Category:Spiral galaxy
Constellation:coma Berenices
Object data:mag 9.5  5.8'long
RA/DE: RA 12 32' Dec 14.4 
Description:M88 is a very elongated  lenticular appearing galaxy with a
stellar nucleus and bright central core.It extends over the entire field of
my 9 mm Orthoscopic eyepiece. A distinct dark lane was visible south of the
nucleus with a somewhat more doubtful one further out and another dark lane
visible to north and north east of the nucleus. To the west of the core
blobiness and a darker patch were seen. There is a slight condensation to
the east of the nucleus.
Another superb galaxy.
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|   nmartin@bonnyton.u-net.com    |
|"There are more things in heaven and earth ... than are dreamt of in your
philosophy"   (Hamlet, Act 1, Sc. 5)  |
Bonnyton House, Ayrshire,Scotland, UK. lat 55 24'56" N long 4 26' 00" W
Altitude 150 m.
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