(IAAC) NGC 4293 galaxy 20" Dobsonian

Observer: Nick Martin
Your skills: Intermediate
Date/time of observation: 20/04/2001 01:30 UT
Location of site: Bonnyton house drive, Ayrshire, Scotland
Site classification: rural
Sky darkness: 6 <zenithal limiting magnitude>
Seeing: III <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" F4.4 Newton on Dobsonian mount
Magnification: X240
Filter(s): None,
Object: NGC 4293
Object type: External galaxy.
Class: SB 
Position: 12 18.7  +18 40
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Data: Mag : 11.3   ;  Size 6' x  3'
Object Rating: A
Description:  A wonderfully strange large diffuse object, it is an elongated
oval condensed toward the centre, which covers much of a 12 mm eyepiece
field. The bright core is elongated and oval with a stellar nucleus glimpsed
in steady spells. It runs roughly east/west. Using averted vision and
covering the unused eye helped to see the dark patch below the nucleus,
which extended round to the east like a dark lane. A magnitude 13.8 star at
the following end of the galaxy can be seen during steady intervals. 
Nick Martin, Bonnyton House, By Ayr, Ayrshire KA6 7EW ,Scotland, UK.
 Latitude 55 24'56" Longitude 4 26' 00".
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