19 April 2020 Observation Report, Robert P.

19 April 2020 Observation Report, Robert P.

April 19, 2020 observation report, Eldorado, NM. 
Session:  9:15 – 10:30 pm, transparency fair to good.
Telescope: 15in f/4.5 Reflector
Eyepiece:  All observations made with 13mm eyepiece (~131x)

  • M3 (Canes Venatci)  Globular Cluster.  Located it via beta-Com.  Faint greenish/blue tint. Very bright.
  • M51   (Canes Venatci) Galaxy (Whirlpool Galaxy) Located it via Alkaid. Main spiral arms clear.
  • NGC4762 (Virgo)   Galaxy (vis mag. ~10) with 13 mm eyepiece (130x).  Located it about 2 deg from Vindemiatrix toward Leo. Edge on spiral galaxy. Spiral clear, but no real detail. NGC 4754 is in the same field of view.  A smudge tonight.
  • M60 (Virgo) Galaxy. Found it by following NGC 4760 about 1 deg. Towards Leo tail. Rounded, and fairly bright.  NGC 4647 close by, which was faint and egg shaped.
  • M81 & 82  (Ursa Major) Bode’s Galaxy.  Found it by diagonal from M81 very bright and clearly elongated. M82 bright but not as elongated as M81.  M82 nucleus less clear.

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