(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2841 - Inst: 20" f4.4 Newtonian on Dobsonian mount

Observer: Nick Martin
Your skills: Intermediate
Date/time of observation: 12/20/1998  05:30 UT
Location of site: Bonnyton house drive, Ayrshire, Scotland
Site classification: rural
Sky darkness: 5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II-III <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" F4.4 Newton on Dobsonian mount
Magnification: X240
Filter(s): None,
Object(s): NGC 2841
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Spiral
Constellation: U.Maj.
Data: mag 9.6  size 8.1'
Position: RA 09:22 DEC +50:58
A big galaxy with a bright centre. The nucleus was slightly difuse rather
than stellar and the brightness of thew diffuse core declined rapidly
outwards into an elongated glow covering much of the 9 ' field of the
eyepiece, about 6' or so long extending to the bright overlying star visible
in the DSS photo. The fait extensions sen in the photograph were not noted.
There was a dark lane visible on the following side of the nucleus at about
pa.340,  and another more irregular one on the preceding side at pa 350
curving under nucleus to pa.10 degrees. There were other more diffuse dark
patches of dust which seemed to form an elusive but regular pattern.
Another galaxy well worth a visit with good observable detail.
Nick Martin, Bonnyton House, By Ayr, Ayrshire KA6 7EW ,Scotland, UK.
 Latitude 55 24'56" Longtitude 4 26' 00".
"Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
 Enwrought with golden and silver light,
 The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
 Of night and light and the half-light, ....." 
    He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven by W.B. Yeats
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