(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3953 - 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 0245 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): NGC 3953
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag 10.83  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Shows up well in 50x. An oval shaped glow with a tiny stellar center. N-S 
elongation to it. Appears very smooth. Similar impression in 100x. It's just 
west of a straight line of five stars somewhere around 11th or 12th mag. It's 
just west of the middle star. I get a vague impression that maybe, just maybe, there's a dark lane that cuts north and south just west of the nucleus. 
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