(IAAC) Obj: NGC 4102 - 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 0230 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, 200x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 4102
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag 12.00  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Easy pickup in 50x. It shows a rather distinct elongation roughly NW-SE, 
stellar core- actually looks like there's two stellar points in there, one a 
foreground star and the other probably the nucleus. The one appears somewhat 
to the SW of the nucleus about 45". In 100x I can tell that's definitely the 
case. As a matter of fact that star to the WSW is brighter that the core, it 
seems and about an arcminute, maybe slightly further away. On the opposite 
side about 2' away there's a 12.5 mag star exactly in line with the other two. 
A little something in between the core and that, slightly north, also. Can't 
quite make out what that is.
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