Whirlpool Galaxy – May 21, 2017

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Date and Time: 2017-05-21 00:45
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 13h30m36.6s, +47°06’32”
Constellation: CVn
Magnitude: 8.7
Altitude: 70°

Object: Whirlpool Galaxy
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is bad, transparency is ok, with clouds starting to come over.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x and Orion Edge-On 9mm X2.0, 333x. It’s very pretty. There is a bright star, perhaps comprable in surface brightness to the core or slightly dimmer, below and to the right. If M51’s companion galaxy were 12:00 on a clock, this would be at about 4:00, this star. It’s about 1 1/2 times the diameter of the core away, and it doesn’t show up on SkyTools. In Megastar there is a star there, but it’s a lot fainter than some other stars in front of M51, which are very faint here, so I figured that was worth recording. And some clouds just passed in front of it, so, that ends that session. Bright, pretty, bright star in front of it, possibly nova or supernova.

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