(IAAC) Obj: M51 - Inst: MEADE ETX 3.5" MAK

Observer: Brad DeMille
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 3/30/98 9:30 MST
Location of site: IVINS, UTAH (Lat 37.4, Elev 3200)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7.5 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 9 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: MEADE ETX 3.5" MAK
Magnification: 46
Object(s): M51 
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sc
Constellation: CVn
Data: mag 8.4  size 11x7 AMIN
Position: RA 13:29.9  DEC +47:12
M51 is always fun to look at.  Through the ETX M51 and its companion
NGC 5195 were easily identifiable with black space between.  The
classic shape seen in photographs is evident, but only an occasional
hint of structure was visible.  I have seen M51 through my ETX in
relatively light polluted skies.  I guess the long f/ratio... helps
the contrast a little.
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