(IAAC) Obj: M74 (NGC 628) - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1/24/2001  18.25 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8"  f/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Object(s): M74 (NGC 628)
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Psc
Data: mag 9.2  size 10'.2 x 9'.5
Position: RA 01:36  DEC +15:47
Extremely faint and difficult Messier object, almost invisible. However,
transparent skies finally allowed me to see this object for the first time. Very
low surface brightness galaxy.
I saw a fuzzy starlike feature in the center surrounded by a faint round glow
and what seemed like a faint star just off the center.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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