(IAAC) Obj: NGC 253 - Inst: 12.5" f4.8 Dobsonian

Observation Poster: Paul Money <paul_ohstbucks@msn.com>
Observer: Paul Money
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: November 30,2002/10PM CST
Location of site: 20miles  south of Kansas City (Lat 38, Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5.7 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 12.5" f4.8 Dobsonian
Magnification: 59x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC 253
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Scl
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Beautiful almost edge on spiral galaxy that spans 25x7 arc minutes.  It actually
seemed bigger than its listed dimensions. It seemed to stretch more than 1/2
accross the 1.1degree FOV at 59x. The Sculptor galaxy was standing on end 
and leaning slightly to the right. Some dust features were visible near the 
brighter central region. It was actually easily found by simply panning up from
the 4.3mag alpha star in sculptor and working my way up to the Beta star in
Cetus. If you are tired of observing galaxies that only show the bright central
core at the eyepiece........check out this one!!
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