(IAAC) Obj: M74 - Inst: Astroscan 4" Wide Field f/4,2

Observer: Martin Baur
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 17.09.1999 0:00 Middle European Time
Location of site: clearing near Hofgeismar, Germany (Lat +51, Elev 800 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5,5 est. <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Astroscan 4" Wide Field f/4,2
Magnification: 16x/26x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M74
Category: External galaxy.
Class: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Psc
Data: mag 9.4  size 10,5x9,5
Position: RA 01:36 42  DEC +15:47
I had not seen M74 with my 80mm Refractor so far. Now I started a new trial
with my 4" Astroscan. Using a 28mm eyepiece it was very difficult to capture
a glimpse. Only with averted I were able to catch a fuzzy glow. But using 
a 17mm eyepiece and averted the faint patch was clearer. It appeared quiet
extended and was at visual border.
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