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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 4762 (edge-on galaxy) INST: 16" f/4.59 Newt.



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 01/27/98 07:50GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5 (estimated) 5 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  6-7
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear, snowcovered
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59   f.l. 1865
Magnifications: 69x,207x,binoviewer: 120x,266x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 4762
Constellation: Virgo
Object data: Edge-on spiral galaxy
Size(s): 8x1
Position: RA 12:53  DEC  +11:14
Magnitudes: 10.3
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  A-
This object is perhaps one of the best galaxies ever viewed through
this scope in these suburban sky conditions. While NGC 4565 nearby
looks interesting with it's dark lane, it is larger with lower surface
brightness. This object, NGC 4762 on the other hand is much more
concentrated, and looks like 4565 in miniature.  Extremely long and
needlike with a radiating intense core that bulges, and a hint of a
dark lane running along the galaxy, not confirmed. It appeared
somewhat mottled.
Galaxy is very well defined, more like looking at a photo than an
excersize in averted vision. It is paired with a small round galaxy
4754, just 10 arc.  min. away, and easily viewed at mag. 10.6
- Todd
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BOSTON TV METEOROLOGIST TODD GROSS
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