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(IAAC) Obj: M88 (NGC 4501) - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian



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Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 5/11/2001  22.45 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: I <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8"  f/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): 
Object(s): M88 (NGC 4501)
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb
Constellation: Com
Data: mag 9.5  size 6'.9 x 3'.9
Position: RA 12:32  DEC +14:25
Description:
Very large and very elongated galaxy with a bright central band surrounded
by a faint extended halo. There was some definite structure noted across
the face of this magnificent spiral system, including a darkish band not unlike
a dustband. (Real?)
There are a number of faint stars located just off this galaxy and a pretty
bright one to the northwest.
Very interesting galaxy.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
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Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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