(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 1569, INST: 16" Newtonian f/4.59

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 09/30/97 0800 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.3 (estimated) 5.2 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): est.  4
Moon up (phase?): No
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings
Magnifications: 62x,98x,124x, 170x (binoviewer), 267x (binoviewer)
Filters used: none
Object: NGC1569
Object data:  Galaxy, listed as magnitude

I HIGHLY recommend this object for all instruments. It has
a high surface brightness and certainly could have been 
viewed at smaller aperture. This galaxy is tiny, only a few
arc minutes long. (it's listed as 4x2) It is very elongated (mainly N-S) and 
looks like an edge-on or irregular galaxy. It has a bright central portion, 
with a very slight bulge, however, the extension is easier to see on 
the south side, making it appear like a small comet at times!! In fact, it
appeared with averted vision, like the south extension "fanned out" a tad away
from the core!

There was at least one dark lane perceived, one on the east side running 
long-ways at the base of the galaxy, however, with averted vision, I could 
have sworn there was another one close to running along the center axis. 
At high magnification (267x) in the Televue binoviewer, I noted a great degree
of irregularity in the brighter core area, lumpiness-mottling, not sure 
what it was. this is a very nice object for suburban skies.

- Todd
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