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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC3998 (galaxy) INST: 14.5" dobnewt fl=1580mm



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate - Many years
Date and UT of observation: 11/21/00 09:15GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): approx. 5.0 zenith, 4.9 vic.object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 3-4
Moon up (phase?): Crescent
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 14.5" f/4.29 fl=1580mm Newt 
Magnifications: Various from 83-191x including binoviewer
Filters used: None
Object: NGC3998
Constellation: Umajor
Object data: Galaxy
Size(s): 2.7x2.2
Position:11:57 55:27
Magnitude: 10.7
Personal "rating" this aperture: C
Small, and very bright with an intense
core, so much so that I thought this was
a defocused star. Very, very close to another
galaxy, I believe perhaps NGC3990 which looked like
a small elliptical, round, dim, featureless..
3998 appeared as a fuzzy star with weak nebulosity
surrounding it. Took me a moment to realize it was
a galaxy.
Will have to revisit this and the cluster of galaxies 
nearby.
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