(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 2403 (galaxy) INST: 7" NEWTONIAN f/5.4

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 10/23/98 08:08 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.2 zenith  5.1 in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):   5
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear, not quite maximum transparency, but close
Instrument: 7" Newt-Dob   f.l. 960  f5.4
Magnifications: 35x,64x(binovue)101x(binovue,)137x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC2403
Constellation: Camelapardus
Object data: Galaxy (sp.)
Size(s): 18x10
Position: RA 07:37  DEC 65:36
Magnitudes: 8.4
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  B-
A very interesting object even at this aperture. Easily found, although
in a sparse area of the sky. The galaxy is best viewed at about 100-150x. 
It looks like an irregular oval glow with two foreground stars at low
power, but with 
increased magnification ... 4 stars flank the south side in a slight curve 
of what appears to look somewhat like a "breadloaf". The rounded part
pointing north, 
the mainly flat south bottom oriented E-W. The central portion of this galaxy
was brighter, giving the impression of a dark lane towards either end of
the "breadloaf"
with the dark lane, or dimming most pronounced just E of the center.
Rough shape:             
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Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross