(IAAC) Obj: M74 - 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: 10/13/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <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
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M74
Category: External galaxy.
Class: M74
Constellation: Psc
Data: mag 10.0  size 10.4' x 9.5'
Position: RA :  DEC :
Research shown it to be one of the most difficult Messier object: "considered 
the most elusive of all Messier objects!"

No so with the contrasty TV-102!  Easily found at 22x as an extremely, 
extremely dim smudge.  A little better at 30x.  Best view at 60x, relative 
large haze and seems brighter at the core with averted vision.  Still can be 
detected at 110x with averted vision, but too dim.

So perhaps, "difficult" applies to Messier marathon.

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