(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC6946 (gal) INST: 14.5" f/4.29 dob AND 8" SCT f/10

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate+ - Many years
Date and UT of observation: 06/26 and 06/28/01 06:00 UT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): approx. 5.0 zenith, 4.9 vic.object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): approx. 6
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Mostly clear
Instrument: 14.5" f/4.29 fl=1580mm Newt 
Magnifications: 75x, 130x                                         
Filters used: None and deep sky
Object: NGC6946
Constellation: Cep
Object data: Gal
Size(s): 14'
Position: 20:35, +60:09
Magnitude: 10.5
Personal "rating" this aperture: C+

I had the pleasure of FINALLY being able to draw out this 
diffuse galaxy from the light pollution, mainly in the 14.5".
It was a night with good clarity, about 4.9 limiting magnitude.
A dim, hard to find, large, fairly uniform glow near a weak
double star (just east of the double I think) in the 14.5". The
center brightened slightly, and there was good evidence of
structure, lumpiness in the face-on galaxy, particularly at
130x. Notably easier to detect with true dark adaptation,
partience, and a deep sky filter. Two nights later I was 
barely able to pick out the glow with mag. 4.7 skies in an
8" SCT. Only found it because I knew where to look!

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