(IAAC) Obj: M 77 (NGC 1068) - Inst: Sky Designs VPT 14.5" dob

Observer: Geoff Chester
Your skill: Advanced (many years)
Object: M 77 (NGC 1068)
Date & Time of Observation: 11/22/1998 21:15:00
Location: Oak Shade Observatory, Rixeyville VA USA (Lat 39N)
Sky Transparency: Very Clear
Seeing: Somewhat Stable
Instrument: Sky Designs VPT 14.5" dob
Object type: External galaxy.
Class: (R)SA(rs)bP
Position: 024240.2-000048
Data: Mag 8.87:9.61; Size 7.08'x6.03' 70 deg
Object Rating: A
WOW!!  "Izzat sucker bright!!" is what I said to myself when
it hove into view. Pretty large, very bright, round. Brightens
very rapidly to a near stellar nucleus. There's an extensive
outer haze visible in the DSS pix, but the nucleus is so
bright that it's impossible to see in the Rixeyville sky.
It has a very grainy texture and a bluish tint.

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