(IAAC) Obj: M33 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)


Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.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, 
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M33
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Triangulum
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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