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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 5796, NGC 5077 - Inst: 102mm FL Vixen



Observers name: Bill Becker
Date & time: 2/6/2000 6:15 UT
Observing site: My Backyard
Site classification: Suburban
Seeing: 6
Sky darkness/limiting magnitude: 6.0
Telescope used: Vixen 102 FL
Magnifications used: 51x, 102x
Description:
Well, I decided to tackle some galaxies tonight. I had a few as targets,
but only succeeded on 2. Having avoided galaxies for most of my observing
life, I guess some experience is required before I can have some real
success. I am trying this with a 4" aperture, so wish me luck! ;^)
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NGC 5796:
Galaxy in Libra: magnitude 11.6;  1.9' x 1.7'. With averted vision, it
looked  stellar like. As my eye moved closer, a faint halo appeared;
direct vision and this appeared as an unresolved star.  A triangle of
3 stars located about 5' to SE. Upon looking up the data in SkyMap
Pro on the 3 stars, this is what I found: star furthest north: Tyc
6168-55-1 = mag 10.86 star just s.e. of first star: GSC 6168-89 =
mag 12.47; star on north eastern corner: GSC6168-7 = mag 13.58.
The last star was only seen using averted vision but it wasn't always
visible. No sign of NGC 5793(mag 13.2)
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NGC 5077: Galaxy in Virgo of magnitude 11.4 and about 2'x1.6'. Similar
results to NGC 5796, maybe just a little brighter. I saw 2 faint stars
which, with 5077, formed a triangle. Checking my SkyMap Pro again, I
found the star just s.e. is GSC 5550-45 at mag 12.18; the other star
to the n.w. is GSC 5550-295 at mag 12.87. There are at least 4 other
galaxies in the immediate area but I saw no sign of them. :^(
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