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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 5813 (ell. galaxy) INST: 16" f/4.59 dobnewt SKY: Suburban LM=5.1



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 02/07/98 09:00 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.1 zenith  estimated 4.7 in nr. object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):   5
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear, snowcovered, scattered cirrus clouds
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59   f.l. 1865
Magnifications: 207x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 5818
Constellation: Virgo
Object data: elliptical galaxy
Size(s): 4.2x3.0'
Position: RA 15:01  DEC +1:42
Magnitudes: 10.5
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  B-
Bland oval glow, and of little interest in itself. However, it is quite pretty
as the center of a diamond, or box shaped asterism. Perfectly framed, giving
the scene unique interest. Asterism stars approx. magnitude 10.
- Todd
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BOSTON TV METEOROLOGIST TODD GROSS
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