(IAAC) Obj: M31 - Inst: Meade ETX 3.5"


Observer: Harold Williams
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11/21/98  1900 EST
Location of site: Pine Barrens, New Jersey (Lat 40N, Elev 100)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Meade ETX 3.5"
Magnification: 30, 60, 133, 180
Object(s): M31
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: AND 
Data: mag 4  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
This object was observed on a night when M31 was easily found with the naked 
eye. Using the 40mm eyepiece, a very bright central core surrounded by a faint
was was visible. Going to a 20mm wide angle eyepiece started to reveal some
structure of the galaxy. The hazy cloud was clearly elongated filling the entire
field of view.
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