(IAAC) Obj: M77 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)

Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 10/13/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 22x, 30x, 60x, 110x, 146x, 176x, 220x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M77
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Cet
Data: mag 8.8  size 7' x 6'
Position: RA :  DEC :
It was easily nailed my Pentax 40mm XL (22x).  Showed as smudge with a bright 
star, very small.  30x showed similar view.  Now see haze at 60x; looked like a 
hazy double star with companion 10.8th magnitude star GSC 4699:1219.  Bright 
center seen.  Detected hazy oval shape at 110x with bright core.  146x reveal 
more galaxy appearance with bright core with the haze expanding to 
its “companion star”.  Really nice and best view at 176x especially with 
averted vision.  Amazingly, there appears to be what look like a central star 
embedded into the galaxy at 220x!  Core is still bright.
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