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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2537 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)



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Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 11/19/01 12:00am
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 6 <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
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 2537
Category: External galaxy.
Class: 
Constellation: Lyn
Data: mag 12.1  size 1.7'
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
A bit of wind tonight, average transparency.  Under such sky, the TV-102
Light Cup set out to hunt the "Bear Paw Galaxy".
Could not see it at 22x or 30x.  Can see a dim smudge, fading in and out at 
60x.  At 110x, the galaxy show as large and round with averted vision, still 
fading in and out.  A mirrored S shape stars lies very near: 9.3 mag SAO 42213, 
8.9 mag SAO 42214, 8.4 mag SAO 42225 and 9.1 mag SAO 42227.  The galaxy lies 
very close to a mag 11.1 star GSC 3408:150.  Best view at 146x with the galaxy 
showing much better, still with averted vision.  Direct vision can now barely 
see the galaxy.  A very dim round smudge at both 110x and 146x.  Here's a nice
photo of the galaxy I found on the web.
http://www.kepler.demon.co.uk/html/ngc2537.html
Unfornately, the TV-102 Light Cup was unable to see the paw shape.  Now it is
more than ever determined to get the paw print from this very dim galaxy in
a rematch ;-).
Later consulting with the old master, Scott Houston, he noted that it "...looks 
like a faint planetary nebula… When searching for this tiny object, use at 
least 70x to avoid missing it."  So apparently, he didn't see the paw either.
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