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(IAAC) Obj: M81 - Inst: MEADE ETX 3.5" MAK



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Observer: Brad DeMille
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 3/30/98 9:15 MST
Location of site: IVINS, UTAH (Lat 37.4, Elev 3200)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7.8 <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
Filter(s): 
Object(s): M81
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag 6.9  size 21x10 AMIN
Position: RA 9:55.6  DEC +69:04
Description:
The first time I saw M81 throught the ETX I couldn't believe how
bright it was--after looking at fainter objects.  Bright center with
gradually fading outskirts.  My brother & I have seen M81 without
optical aid--several people have noted that it can be accomplished
under the right conditions.  One nice thing about viewing M81 is that
M82 is nearby and with this magnification in the same field of view.
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