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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC6503 (galaxy) INST: 16" f/4.2 Newt.



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 2/7/99 9:45GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.5(estimated) zenith 
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): about 3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, Gibbous
Weather: Mostly Clear
Instrument: 18" Stabilite Newt f/4.2 1925mm fl
Magnifications: Various ranging  117 -315
Filters used: none
Object: NGC6503
Constellation: Draco
Object data: Galaxy
Size(s): 5.8x1.7 
Position: RA: 17:49 DEC:+70:09 
Magnitude: 10.2
Personal 'Rating' (at this aperture and sky condition): C+
The moon was out making it a bit tough to observe. (LM around 4.5)
However, I easily saw what first looked like a very elongated oval. 
With greater magnification and attention I noticed that one of the long sides
is relatively flat, the other rounded, with the "hump" a bit
off center. Some hints of mottling. I should re-visit when skies
darken. 
thanks! 
-Todd
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
(617)725-0777
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