(IAAC) Obj: NGC 5566 - Inst: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount


Observer: Dave Mitsky
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1999/7/15 03:35 UT
Location of site: ASH Naylor Observatory, Lewisberry, PA (Lat 40.15 d N, Elev 190 meters)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: ~5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount
Magnification: 118, 202, 249, and 259x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): NGC 5566
Category: External galaxy.
Class: SB(r)abII-III
Constellation: Virgo
Data: mag 10.4  size 5.6'x1.1'
Position: RA 14h:20.3m  DEC +03d:56'

Although conditions were far from perfect I was successful in logging two more 
Herschel 400 galaxies that are found in Virgo, namely NGC 5566 (03:35 UT) and 
NGC 5576 (03:50 UT).  NGC 5566 is an edge-on spiral that despite its size and 
brightness was seen only as being somewhat round with a slightly bright core.
Neighboring galaxies NGC 5560 and NGC 5569 were not detected.
NGC 5576, a nearby E3 elliptical, was only a small oval glow as one might expect
from a 11.7 magnitude galaxy only 1.0'x0.8' in apparent size.  The neighboring 
galaxy NGC 5574 was also noted but NGC 5577 was not.  
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