(IAAC) OBJECT: M81 INST: 16" Newt. f/4.59

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 10/28/97 0808 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.2 (estimated) 5.0 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  5
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 20%
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59
Magnifications: 69x, 170x(binoviewer), 267x
Filters used: 
Object: M81
Constellation: Vicinity of Ursa Major
Object data:  Galaxy

M81 in the 16" just barely fell short of showing me it's spiral arms. A
fairly bright, mid-sized 
galaxy oval shaped, with a very bright core. Both the core and the Galaxy
were somewhat
elliptical in shape. There was just a hint at this aperture, with these
skies (mag. 5) of a dark
lane on either end of the ellipse, where the spiral arms branch off.

Needless to say, at low power, the object is framed beautifully with M82,
an irregular galaxy of 
roughly equal size (but much thinner) 

- Todd
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