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(IAAC) Object: M31/M32 INST: 43mm mini-scope f/3.1



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 09/22/97, 0740 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.7 (estimated) 4.7 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 55%
Instrument: 43mm miniscope f/3.1 
Magnifications: 19x, 27x
Filters used: none
Object:  m31/m32
Constellation:  Andromeda
Object data: 

This mini-scope was able to detect in poor seeing and and light conditions,
about 3 degrees worth of 
M31 with it's bright central core resembling an unresolved globular cluster,
and a weak, but noticeable extention on either side. Clearly made out a
nebulous M32, which resembled a fuzzy star. Not as
bright as a traditional 10x50 binocular view, but more well defined.

- Todd
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