(IAAC) Obj: M64 (NGC 4826) - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 5/10/1999  21.40 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: III <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M64 (NGC 4826)
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb-
Constellation: Com
Data: mag 8.5  size 9'.3 x 5'.4
Position: RA 12:56  DEC +21:41
Easily found galaxy. Round and bright, at 98X there was a hint of the black eye
feature. Large and elongated with a very bright nucleus, best seen using averted
At 203X M64 has a pretty large halo around the central part. The nucleus is 
slightly off center right next to the dark 'eye' which was very obvious at this
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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