(IAAC) M86 20" Dobsonian

Your skill:intermediate
Date and UT of observation:Jan1 1998 03.00UT
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
Filters used:None
Category:elliptical galaxy
Object data:mag  9.2 size 6.9'
RA/DE: RA 12 26' Dec 13.0 
Description:Round galaxy with a bright central core and a stellar nucleus.
It looked just like a small comet, very uniform and tapering out into
nothingness. size was about 1/5 15 mm eyepiece field.
This was a magnificent area in the heart of the Virgo cluster, with M84
close by plus many fainter galaxies including some barely visible and some
nice elongated galaxies with brighter central cores. I am afraid this was
very much a sightseeing tour so I dont have any NGC numbers for these.
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Bonnyton House, Ayrshire,Scotland, UK. lat 55 24'56" N long 4 26' 00" W
Altitude 150 m.