(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3690 - Inst: 10" f/4.5 Dobsonian

Observation Poster: Brent Reary <gmbreary@rollanet.org>
Observer: Brent Reary
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 03/10/04  02:45 UT
Location of site: Rolla, MO  USA (Lat 37 57'N, Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" f/4.5 Dobsonian
Magnification: 77x, 128x, 154x, 257x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC 3690
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Uma
Data: mag 11.8p  size 2.4' X 1.9'
Position: RA 11:28.5  DEC +58:34
An interesting object.  The Digital Sky Survey image shows two galaxies in
apparent contact.  The object to the E. is aligned NW-SE while the one to 
the W. is aligned N-S.  IC694 is located just to the NW.  NGC3690 was visible
with averted vision at 77x and appeared as an irregular wedge shaped
nebulosity, aligned nearly E-W.  The W. end was both wider and brighter while
it narrowed and became fainter to the E..  During moments of steady seeing,
there seemed to be slight brightening toward the core of the portion located
to the W.  It bore magnification well without resolving into individual
components.  IC694 could not be identified.  Best seen at 128x-257x.
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