(IAAC) Obj: M74 - Inst: 10" f/5.6 newtonian on a dobsonian mount

Observer: Randy Muller
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: December 18, 1997 9pm PST
Location of site: Roseville, CA (near Sacramento) (Lat 38N 44', Elev ~50')
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.3 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 3 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" f/5.6 newtonian on a dobsonian mount
Magnification: 55x
Object(s): M74
Category: External galaxy
Constellation: PIS
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
I was interested in how the transparency was.  I looked for and found
M74 (a dim galaxy) with only a little difficulty.  It was just a dim smudge
at 55x, but I could see it.  This established that it was very clear for my
location:  Usually, I have great difficulty seeing this in my light polluted
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