(IAAC) Object: M106 - Instrument: 7x50 binos

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-2-10/11, 09:00 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.2 (zenith)
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm binos
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M106
Category: Spiral galaxy
Constellation: CVn
Data: mag 8.3   size 18'x8'
RA/Dec: 12h19m   47o18'
Found quite easily from Phad (Gamma UMa), by following
a chain of mag 6-7 stars and stellar groups E and then S,
no more than 3 binocular fields, to a well-defined good-
sized "trapezium" of mag 6 and 7 stars. Barely noted in
direct vision about 30' W of the westernmost mag 6 star
of this rectangle. Seen with averted vision as a strongly
elongated haze, tilted ESE, perhaps 5' in length.