(IAAC) Obj: 3C 273 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 4/13/2001  23.40 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): 3C 273
Category: Quasar or lens.
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 12.9  size Stellar
Position: RA 12:29  DEC +02:03
Quassar in Virgo and at 2 billion light years the most distant object easily
accessible to amateurs. The object was positively identified by using detailed
starcharts and once seen was surprisingly easy to see using averted vision.
Although no more than a faint star in appearance, it was a thrill just the same
to detect this quasar. It was easily the highlight of my evening. (which goes
to show what a strange hobby we have!)
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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