(IAAC) Obj: NGC3060 - Inst: 8" Newtonian F5

Observer: Kim Gowney
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 26 Apr 2001   21:35 UT
Location of site: UK  South West Wales (Lat 51.78 N, Elev 70 Mtr)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: 8" Newtonian  F5
Magnification: 100x 200x
Object(s): NGC3060
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 13.0  size 2.2'
Position: RA 09:56  DEC +16:49
Extremely faint, lies in a field of equally faint stars: I was unable
to discern it's generaly E/W elongation only just managing to score
"the hit" so to speak. I was getting a bit concerned by this time as I
had difficulty getting anything to look much more that a faint smear
on the sky: I tracked quickly across to a bright mag 3 star and there
was the reason, a faint glow surrounded the star, the tell tale sign
of a very thin layer of high Cirrus, this explained the problems I was
experiencing in finding these faint (for me!) galaxies.
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