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(IAAC) Obj: M 77, NGC 1068 - Inst: 40" f/5 dob



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Observer: Mark G.Birkmann
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 10-12-99, 7:54 UT (2:54 am CDT)
Location of site: New Haven, Missouri (Lat ~38, Elev ~700')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 40" f/5 dob
Magnification: lowest power 125x
Filter(s): OIII, H-beta, Orion Ultrablock
Object(s): M 77, NGC 1068
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb
Constellation: Cetus
Data: mag 9.6  size 2.5 x 1.7
Position: RA 2h:42.7m  DEC -00:.01
Description:
The core was very bright and was embedded in the center of two small but bright
central arms.  These were in turn surrounded by 3 faint outer arms.  Within
these outer arms, were two condensations.  They were equal in brightness to the
inner arms and were located just off the ends of the inner arms.  This
interesting bright and small galaxy withstood magnifcation well and the best
view was obtained at 469x.  A sketch can be seen at
http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/twyford/637/m77.jpg
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