Whirlpool Galaxy – 2017 March 21 23:30

Object: Whirlpool Galaxy
Local Time: 2017 March 21 23:30
Location: Columbus Dark Site
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Object Class: Galaxy
Right Ascension: 13h30m36.5s
Declination: +47°06’17”
Constellation: CVn
Magnitude: 8.7
Altitude: 47°
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing was great, Transparency was bad.
Observed the Whirlpool and it’s companion with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. Placed inside light dome of Columbus, and nearby natural gas plant was flaring, making the entire light dome flicker. Flickering was not visible in the telescope. Spiral arms were visible, and I could tell the spiral was sweeping up and over, towards NGC 5195. I was surprised by how bright the arms were compared to the nuclei; not all that much dimmer. I had expected more of a difference because of being able to see the nuclei from the suburbs, but not the arms. –(Log same as NGC 5195)

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