(IAAC) Obj: M81, M82 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-18/19, 08:00 UT
Location: Whidbey Island, MA, USA (48N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 10x50 Tasco binoculars
Magnification: 10x
Filters used: None
Object: M81, M82
Category: Galaxies (Sb and Irr)
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag 6.8 and 8.4  size 26'x14' and 11'x5'
RA/DE: 9h55m  +69o
A pretty, wide pair of fuzzies even in these binoculars.
An excellent example of what can be seen without even a
telescope under the right sky. M81 the more SErn member
of the pair, was obviously both the brighter and larger
of the two, with a slight E-W elongation apparent. M82
showed it's elongated spindle only with averted vision.

Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren