(IAAC) Obj: NGC2903 - Inst: 30cm / f:10 / MEAD LX200


Observer: James (Jim ) Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 022401/00:15 EST
Location of site: Dare County, NC (Lat +35 35.9', Elev 4 ft)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 8 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30cm / f:10 / MEAD LX200
Magnification: 117X, 203X
Filter(s): NONE
Object(s): NGC2903
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb/5c
Constellation: LEO
Data: mag 10.0v  size 13' x 6.0'
Position: RA 09h:32.2  DEC +21:30'
Pale blue-green oval with central brightning seen as a bar oriented along the major axis with an almost stellar nucleus showing some elongation along the major axis. Dust lanes observed with difficulty. I can glimpse spiral structure for a moment, but cannot hold it. (After dark adaptation I covered the observing eye for a minute or two, then quickly looked at the galaxy and the spiral structure is visable for a moment then fades into a featurless oval with a brighter nucleus, this can be repeated several times before fatigue overcomes the detail)  
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