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(IAAC) Obj: M87 - Inst: 20" f5 dobsonian



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Observer: Andrew Murrell
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 
Location of site: Ilford NSW Australia (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7-9.5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" f5 dobsonian
Magnification: 100-700
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M87
Category: External galaxy.
Class: 
Constellation: virgo
Data: mag 8.6  size 7.1'
Position: RA 12:30.8  DEC 12:24
Description:
Talking to Bob Evans a little while ago I was discussing active galaxies and 
their bearing on possible SN. During our conversation he mentioned that in the
past he had been able to observe the jet of M87. I found this hard to swallow 
but thought that I would give it a go. 
I remembered this small bit of information during my weeeks stay at Ilford 
during Feburary and decided to try this observation.
Locating M87 is quite easy and thr galaxy appeared bright through hector.
No jet was noticed at 160x. At 200x I noticed a slight brightening on the 
western edge of the galaxies nucleus. At 250x this brightening became more 
apparent and appeared to be about 40"long.
Is this the jet or was I just fooling myself. 
Has anyone else seen the jet?
I could not reobserve the galaxy as I decided to track it down on my last
nights observing.
Clear skies
Andrew Murrell 
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