(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3414 (HII-362) - Inst: 30cm f/10 Meade LX200

Observer: James (Jim ) Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 042601/01:00 EST
Location of site: Phelps Lake, NC (Lat 35:44:24, Elev 20')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7/10 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30cm f/10 Meade LX200
Magnification: 55X,117X,203X,254X314X,762X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 3414 (HII-362)
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: LMi
Data: mag 11.0  size 3.0' x 2.6
Position: RA 10:51  DEC +27:58
Soft, round in appearance with a small round central brightness.
Observed very faint ansae pointing NE-SW. The ansae are barely
detectable with direct vision, though relatively easy with averted
vision at 203x. With 314x the ansae are almost undetectable, but the
center holds up very well. To the NE is an asterism that reminds one
of an upside down #7 with the brightest star in the center of the
stalk, while the upper bar of the '7' has 3 stars in shallow arc.
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