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(IAAC) Obj: M 74, NGC 628 - 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   7:30 UT (2:30 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 74, NGC 628
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sc
Constellation: pices
Data: mag 9.2  size 10.2 x 9.5
Position: RA 1h:36.7m  DEC +15:47
Description:
This galaxy was fairly dim except for the central condensation, which was
relatively bright, as well as the condensation near the end of the longest of
the two spiral arms that I could make out on this night.  Both arms were faint
but the short arm was by far the fainter of the two.  Four stars were
superimposed over the central part of the galaxy.  A sketch can be seen at:
http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/twyford/637/m74.jpg
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