(IAAC) Obj: M109 - Inst: 4.5-inch (112mm) f/8 Reflector

Observation Poster: Eric Vondra <parasyonok@ixpres.com>
Observer: Eric Vondra
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 27 Dec 2003 0615 UT
Location of site: Paris, VA (Lat 39N, Elev 225m)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 4.5-inch (112mm) f/8 Reflector
Magnification: 50x, 100x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M109
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag 9.8  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
First impression in 50x is that it's quite large- a fat oval, oriented NE-SW. 
Bright core in there. In 100x, gives the impression of a complex, dappled, 
bumpy structure. A brighter core that doesn't appear to be stellar. Almost, 
though. There's a 12 mag star off to the NNW of the nucleus. A few stars also 
in the foreground of the galaxy, one out to the SW that's dimmer- perhaps a knot of material. Both of those an arcminute or so out from the nucleus. A 
prominent star on the NE arm about 2/3 to the visible edge of the galaxy. On 
the other side of the core- the SW side- there appears to be a bit of a drop-
off in brightness between the core and that bright star (about 8th mag?) 
that's perhaps about 4' distant. Lots of little knots and condensations in 
that core area- a very bumpy texture. 
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