(IAAC) Obj: NGC 488 - Inst: Astroscan 4,1" f440mm Widefield

Observation Poster: Martin Baur <arnolddlebay@compuserve.de>
Observer: Martin Baur
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 12/14/2001 23:40 to 00:50 CET
Location of site: clearing near Hofgeismar, Germany  (Lat +51, Elev 820 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: ~5.8 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: I <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Astroscan 4,1" f440mm Widefield
Magnification: 21x
Object(s): NGC 488
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Psc
Data: mag 10.3  size 
Position: RA 01:22  DEC +05:15
The verification that I'd caught this one happened in an amazing way. From my
printed starchart it was evident that the galaxy lies around the the northeastern
star of an acute triangle of 7 mag stars.
I observed the triangle and noted a faint small haze where I expected it. But I
still saw a star immediately southeast to the haze and thought this one to be the
northeastern 7 mag star of the triangle. That was a surprise for me.
At home I realized that it wasn't a 7 mag star but a 10 mag star I saw. And its
position fit exactly to the starchart position.
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