(IAAC) Obj: NGC5970 - Inst: 30CM, F:10 LX200

Observation Poster: Jim Anderson <madmoon@bellsouth.net>
Observer: Jim Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 09082002/01:40UT
Location of site: Grant VA (Lat 36:40, Elev 2836')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7/10 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30CM, F:10 LX200
Magnification: 254X, 314X
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC5970
Category: External galaxy.
Class: SBc
Constellation: Ser
Data: mag 12.2v  size 2.9' x 1.9'
Position: RA 15:38.5  DEC +12:11.1
254X-NGC5970 appears as a fuzzy football shaped oval halo with a bright core
that looks like an unfocused Saturn. The halo is fairly bright, evenly bright
and sharp edged except for a little fuzziness at the ends. The core is
considerably brighter than the halo with about 1:5 elongation. The center of
the core is brighter, roundish with weak anse and a tiny central sparkle.
There is a bright star N-W and a fainter one between the brighter star and the
314X-NGC5970's central core is round and has a slightly brighter, non stellar
nucleus. The anse of the core appears granular, not evenly bright. There are
relatively few background stars near NGC5970.
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