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(IAAC) Obj: M33, Pinwheel Galaxy - Inst: XT-8 1200mm f:6 dob



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Observation Poster: Barry Martasian <timetrav2@webtv.net>
Observer: Barry Martasian
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: August 25, 2001  10:30PM
Location of site: Frosty Drew Observatory, Charlestown, Rhode Island (Lat , Elev Sea Level)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: XT-8 1200mm f:6 dob
Magnification: 40mm
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M33, Pinwheel Galaxy
Category: External galaxy.
Class: 
Constellation: Tri
Data: mag 5.5  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
Victory was mine tonight. After trying to find this galaxy several times over the past year the Pinwheel finally made it into my eyepiece. I believe the problem with finding this object is that I usually searched for it after viewing M31 which is Very, Very Bright as opposed to the Very, Very, Dim M33. (My mind was always being fooled by what it thought M33 SHOULD look like these two galaxies are opposite from each other when it comes to brightness).
With the Moon setting and to my back. M33 was almost easy to find using a 40mm eyepiece. It can be discribed as looking like a grey spot on a grey rug.
It will be fun going back to this galaxy to look for more detail when the sky is free of the Moon all together
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