(IAAC) Obj: M65 & M66 - Inst: Orion 6" Dob


Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 4/6/99 10:42 pm CDT
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 N, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness:  <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 6" Dob
Magnification: 32x, 48x, 72x, 120x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M65 & M66 
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Although this was not the best night (there was high, thin clouds visible), I 
took a stab at these objects and was rewards. Star-hopped from theta Leonis.
In the 32x, they were barely visible, just faint hints with averted vision. 
Higher power made them more definite, best view seemed to be the 72x. Both were 
visible in the same field at this power, with slight hint of a core. Both seemed
to be oval in shape. Not much else visible.
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