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(IAAC) Obj: M104 - Inst: 16" F/ 4.5 Dobsonian



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Observation Poster: Paul Money <paul_ohstbucks@msn.com>
Observer: Paul Money
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 4/21/3 10pm CST
Location of site: Kansas City, MO (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.2 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 16" F/ 4.5 Dobsonian
Magnification: 70,205
Filter(s): 
Object(s): M104
Category: External galaxy.
Class: 
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
M104 is a great galaxy for light polluted observing.  This is my first 
observation of this, and with 4mag skies. This was much brighter than expected.
It was edge on extending horizontally and looked much thinner than the pictures.
I was able to see the dust lane with direct vision, that was a shocker! The dust
lane was not centered but extended accross the top of the galaxy giving the
northern border a sharp boundry. With averted vision I could see the dark lane
and more galaxy above the dark lane came into view, but it was still wasnt 
centered and ran closer to the top. I cant wait to get to a dark site and look
at this thing!!!!!  I went to one of my favorites NGC4565 and it fared much
worse in the light dome.
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