(IAAC) Obj: M74 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
Category: External galaxy.
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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