Sombrero Galaxy – May 25, 2017

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Date and Time: 2017-05-25 23:37
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 12h40m53.9s, -11°43’07”
Constellation: Vir
Magnitude: 9.1
Altitude: 45°

Object: Sombrero Galaxy
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay, the transparency is very bad, with light clouds.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a bright, thin needle of light, oriented from about 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock in the eyepiece field of view. It has a fairly condensed bright core, which is below a dark lane. Just above the dark lane, visible, is a slight (very slight) haze. Around the core there is a bulge toward the bottom, in the haze, but it’s quite thin. At about 6:30 from the galaxy core, within a couple of arc minutes, is a small faint star.

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