(IAAC) Obj: M33 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <email@example.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 10/20/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 22x, 30x, 60x, 110x, 146x,
Category: External galaxy.
Data: mag 5.7 size 1.2d x 45'
Position: RA : DEC :
Although Iíve looked at it before, tonight is my first log. Easily found at
22x and looked like a hazy oval, gray glow and reminded me very much of Comet
Linear/A2. Hint of brighter core at 30x. Almost filled the FOV at 60x and
showed definite bright core especially with averted vision. Lost outer shell
at 110x but core is still bright. Can see a couple stars within the galaxy
with averted vision. Core is slightly dimmer at 146x with one of the stars
seen at 110x now seen clearer. I would guess that these two stars are 12
magnitude or dimmer.
But surprisingly striking at 30x was a form that reminded me of one of those
tropical fish with transparent body that you can see its belly and guts. The
head of this galactic fish forms a triangle by 3 stars: SAO 54758, SAO 54780,
SAO 54783. Its belly is of course M33, then followed by a long tail comprises
of the following dimmer stars: SAO 54806, SAO 54802, SAO 54809, GSC 2293:706,
GSC 2293:1236, GSC 2293:1383, GSC 2293:1210, SAO 54846 and SAO 54850. Do you
guys see this monstrous fish?
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