(IAAC) OBJECTS: M63 (galaxy) INST: 18" f/4.2 Newt. LM=5.0 Rating: C+

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate - Many years
Date and UT of observation: 2/16/99 09:15 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.0 (measured) zenith 
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): about 5
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 18" Stabilite Newt f/4.2 1925mm fl
Magnifications: 71x,101 / 128x,202 (w. binoviewer too)
Filters used: none
Object: M63 Sunflower galaxy
Constellation: CVn 
Object data: Galaxy 
Size(s): 12.6x7.2
Position: 13:16 42:02
Magnitude: 8.6
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition): C/C+
An easy find, especially at this aperture, but skies were not quite
dark enough to bring out anything except the oval central region
and it's bright oval core. Fairly large. Not able to bring out the 
faint spiral arms as seen in photos.
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
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