Date and Time: 2017-05-26 01:05
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 12h42m58.4s, +32°27’03”
Object: Whale Galaxy
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is ok, transparency is very bad.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed the Whale Galaxy and NGC 4672 with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. The whale is a quite bright, diffused galaxy with no noticeable core. Very elongated and thin. Oriented from about 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock in the eyepiece field of view. It appears a little bit brighter on the left edge, and then fades out a bit to the right edge. Just to the left, just touching the edge of the galaxy, is a star right next to where the center of the disc is. Then, just above and to the left of that is NGC 4627, which is a faint smudge, mostly round but appearing with a brighter part slightly elongated from about 2:30 to 8:30 in the eyepiece field of view. The Whale Galaxy is very pretty and seems, perhaps, a bit brighter at the bottom as well.