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(IAAC) Obj: M74 - Inst: Orion 10" DSE F/5.6



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Observation Poster: Brian Carter <nairbretrac@hotmail.com>
Observer: Brian Carter
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 7-24-04
Location of site: Covington GA (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 10" DSE F/5.6
Magnification: 56x
Filter(s): 
Object(s): M74
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sc
Constellation: Pisces
Data: mag 10.2 (estimated), 9.4 (catalog);
      size 9.5 (estimated), 10.2x9.5 (catalog)
Position: RA 1:36.7  DEC 15:47
Description:
Viewed at both 56x and 94x.  Hard to see due to very low surface
brightness.  It is circular with no real apparent elongation.  Just a
small cloud.  Brighter towards the center.  Not terribly interesting.
I had heard horror stories about this object, but it was remarkably
easy to find.  It is very near a bright star, and pops out without
much effort.  It is just unremarkable.
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