(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3432 (HI-172) - Inst: 30cm f/10 Meade LX200

Observer: James (Jim ) Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 042801/00:40 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 3432 (HI-172)
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: LMi
Data: mag 11.3  size 7.5' X 2.0'
Position: RA 10:52.5  DEC +36:37
At 203x the galaxy is Very faint with direct vision. Averted vision
shows an elongated smear of light. With 3414X the details are lost due
to dimming of image, with 2 faint sters near the SE end and a single
star at the other end and a bright on either side, just NW of the
galaxy center. The nucleus is only hinted at and it is small and dim.
There may be a knot of light where the NW star is superimposed on the
galaxy. Then again it may be an illusion caused by the bright star.
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