M 83 – May 26, 2017

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Date and Time: 2017-05-26 23:03
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 13h38m00.6s, -29°57’16”
Constellation: Hya
Magnitude: 7.8
Altitude: 31°

Object: M 83
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is good.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a large, moderately bright galaxy with a highly condensed bright starlike central core. It’s got a large extended haze surrounding the core, which shows a considerable complexity. Going from about 9:30 to 3:30 in the eyepiece field of view, is a bright bar. At either end of the bar there appear to be brighter patches, elongated perpendicular to the ends of the bar. And on the right side, that patch elongates into a hint of a faint spiral arm, perhaps, trailing off, up and to the left, pretty loosely wound. Though this might also be an illusion from the nearby trail of three stars. Then, on the left side of the bar, a protrusion is visible going down to the lower left about 7:30 in the eyepiece field of view. And the whole of this is also embedded in a slight glow, centered just to the lower right of the core. It’s an interesting sight.

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