(IAAC) Obj: NGC3651 - Inst: 8" Newtonian F5


Observer: Kim Gowney
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 12/may/2001
Location of site: UK  South West Wales (Lat 51 47 N, Elev 70 Mtr)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" Newtonian  F5
Magnification: 100x
Object(s): NGC3651
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 13.2  size 1.1'
Position: RA 11:22  DEC +24:17
At the time of observation I recorded  "only a stellar nucleus with no hint of
nebulosity is visible, there are no nearby pointer stars but it seems to lie
in a busy field of mag 13 and 14 stars"  If I had but known!!  this galaxy and
it's partner NGC 3653 are part of a very busy little cluster of galaxies all 
showing strong stellar nuclei so I guess I must have seen quite a few!! as the 
are no stars of those mags in the vicinity! A group well worth a visit,
esp with a larger instrument.
of course I found all this out this morning when I downloaded the image from
the ESO site!
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