(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2403 - Inst: 12.5 f5 Dob

Observer: Scott Hogsten
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 02/11/99 2:30 UT
Location of site: Grove City, OH (Lat 40, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 12.5 f5 Dob
Magnification: 75x 115x
Object(s): NGC 2403
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sc
Constellation: CAM
Data: mag 8.5  size 17.8"
Position: RA 07:37  DEC +65:37
Under light polluted skies I found this member of the local group of
galaxies a bit difficult to find. Once found however I could easily
make out a large oval smudge between two field stars (75x). At 115x I
could see that the northen side of the galaxy appeared to have more
knots as was not as bright as the southern side. I could not make out
individual knots but there was a mottled appareance to that are. There
was no hint of a nucleus. There was also an interesting field star
approximately where the nucleus would be that popped in and out of
seeing. This gave the appearance of a stellar core to the nucleus that
did not really exist.
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