(IAAC) Obj: M77 - Inst: 12.5" F 4.8 dobsonian

Observation Poster: Paul Money <paul_ohstbucks@msn.comm>
Observer: Paul Money
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: November 28,  2002/ 800pm CST
Location of site: Kansas City, MO (Lat 38n, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 12.5" F 4.8  dobsonian
Magnification: 59x, 118x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M77
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Cet
Data: mag 11  size 3 Arc Min
Position: RA :  DEC :
I was hoping for a little better on this one.  All the logs I have read 
mentioned how bright M77 was.  Well, I expected something a little more 
dramatic, I guess.  It was easily found just east of Star 82  in Cetus. It 
was obvious at 59 power and was almost stellar.  At 118x, it was clearly 
not stellar and had about a 3 arc minute haze surrounding the bright core. It
was definately worth the trip, but I guess my expectations got the best of me.
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