(IAAC) Obj: M83 (Southern Pinwheel) - Inst: 80mm binoculars on mount

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 20/21 Mar 1999  06:00 UT
Location of site: Lopez House, New Boston, NH, USA (Lat 44N, Elev 150m)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7.1 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 80mm binoculars on mount
Magnification: 16x?
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M83 (Southern Pinwheel)
Object category: Galaxy
Object class: SAB(s)c I-II
Constellation: Hya
Object data: mag 7.54:8.20  size 12.88x11.48 55
Position: 133700.3-295204
Readily visible in this fine pair of binoculars. Found by a fellow observer
during the New Hampshire Astronomical Society's annual Messier Marathon. It
was surprisingly large, with a strong impression of mottling throughout the
roundish disk, and an inner area only slightly brighter than the rest.
Object data thanks to dObjects: http://www.eaglequest.com/~bondono/dObjects
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