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(IAAC) Object: NGC4244 (galaxy) INST: 18" f/4.2 1925mm NEWT



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 12/23/98 09:00GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.8(estimated) zenith 
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 4
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 18" Stabilite Newt f/4.2 1925mm fl
Magnifications: Binoviewer, 128X
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 4244
Constellation: CVn
Object data: Edge-on galaxy
Size(s): 16.6x1.9
Position: RA12:17 DEC37:48N
Magnitude: 10.4
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  B
I was taken aback by how huge this edge-on galaxy is. It took
nearly my entire field of view stretching from top to bottom 
across the eyepiece. One normally expects to see something with 
more width after such a strength of length. It is similar but a tad
fatter and with less sfc. brightness than NGC 3079, and also has 
2 to 3 foreground stars .. but in this instance, they cut diagonally
across the galaxy at around 60 degrees from it's axis. 
thanks! 
-Todd
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
(617)725-0777
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