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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 4886, NGC 4898, NGC 4889 - Inst: 20" f/4 Dob



[Ted, thanks for your report of the Cherry Springs event. Wish I could
have joined y'all for this fine observing weekend! BTW, I've outlined
the usual format for submissions to IAAC... Putting object IDs in the
Subject: line ensures that others can easily look up your contribution
by the IDs of what you observed later! -Lew Gramer]
Observer: Ted Nichols
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 05 May 2000
Location of site: Cherry Springs State Park, PA, USA (42oN, Elev 2400')
Site classification: Rural.
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: None given.
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" f/4 Dob
Magnification: 290x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC 4886, NGC 4898, NGC 4889
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E0, EP, E+4
Constellation: Com
Data: mag 13.9, 13.5, 11.5  size 1.0x1.0, 0.1x0.1, 2.9x1.9
Position: 1300 +28:00
Description:
Observing Report - Cherry Springs - May 5 & 6
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On May 5th fellow ASH Member Tony Donnangelo and I drove up to Cherry
Springs State Park, for the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg's
"No Frills" Star Party...
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The 4 hour drive was rather interesting, and scenic to say the least. When we 
arrived at Cherry Springs we were impressed to see a ride array of scopes 
already set up. As a background on this site it is in Northern Pennsylvania, 
and the skies there are regarded as the darkest in the area.
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That night I was many things including M44 through my C8, and binoculars 
which was even quite impressive naked eye. I viewed this at approximately 51X 
through my scope, and with 7 x 35 binoculars.
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I also had rather impressive views of M3 (at 51X and 81x), M13 (51X),  M-57 
(51x, 81x, 240x), M97, M104, M51, M27, M109, M101, M106, M109, M64, M81, M82, 
and NGC 4886 - NGC 4898 - NGC 4889 - all were seen in the same field through 
a 20" F/4 Dob with a 7 mm Nagler at 334 X. 4889 was the main, while the 2 
others had low surface brightness. These were in Virgo. My goal this night 
was to concentrate on logging globulars, but at around 1:15 AM the 
transparency begin to fade so I decided I'd go to bed for an hour wakeup and 
see how it was. I went to bed got up and the transparency was playing games 
so I decided to sleep and hope tomorrow would be a better night. I couldn't 
hesitate to admire the beauty of the Milky Way from the tent as I laid there.
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