(IAAC) Obj: M63 - Inst: 7x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-07-4/5, 03:10 UT
Location: Savoy, MA, USA (42N, elev 700m)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1 (zenith)
Seeing: 4 of 10 - medium good, intermittent cumulus
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm Simmons binoculars
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M63
Category: Spiral galaxy
Constellation: CVn
Data: mag 8.6  size 12'x7'
RA/DE: 13h16m  +42o02m
On a quick binocular sweep below the tail of Ursa Major,
M63 was very nearly in the same binocular field with M94,
nearby to the E. By comparison, M63 seemed more elongated,
slightly brighter (intermittently visible to direct vision),
larger, and somewhat more concentrated at the core than M94.