(IAAC) Obj: NGC3646 - Inst: 8" Newtonian F5

Observer: Kim Gowney
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 12/may/2001
Location of site: UK  South West Wales (Lat 51 47 N, Elev 70 Mtr)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" Newtonian  F5
Magnification: 100x
Object(s): NGC3646
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sc
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 11.1  size 3.9'
Position: RA 11:21  DEC +20:09
A fairly large galaxy that unfortunately did not show to it's best as it was
sinking lower and the haze was getting the better of it, it appeared as a faint
glow, not difficult but the sky background gave little contrast which made it
harder than it really is, the ESO image shows it as a bright galaxy, quite
large and with a small stellar nucleus, but I failed to get more than the
obligatory smudge, the nieghboring NGC 3649 was not visible. Time to visit some
stuff of higher elevation!
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