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Quote:This doesn't sound right. NGC 772 is one of the brightest H400 objects and is plain and easy to see in my 63mm Zeiss in a green/blue border zone. It is pretty large (compared to some of the other H400 stuff). There are no really bright stars nearby, but the core is quite bright, but is visibly larger than a star. If you didn't see that much, you sure didn't stand a chance to see its main spiral arm, which curves away to the NE (no, I didn't see the arm in the 63mm, nor the companion galaxy, NGC 770, a few arcminutes to the S).
Quote:If what I saw was in fact NGC 772, it was pretty tough to detect. I really did think it was just a field star for quite a while.
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Quote: Hmmm, M74 is devilishly difficult from my observing site, but I have done it on nights of good transparancy. I agree it is like a dimmer and smaller M33, which is also pretty tough from my observing site. I usually can see M33 without much trouble unless it's a below average night. If NGC 772 is easier than either of these, then maybe I didn't find it.
Quote: Although my seeing conditions are bad, stars don't ever appear like M57. On a very bad night at 150x, however, they might look like very small planetary nebulae. On an average night, stars will look soft starting around 120x, and grow consistently softer from there on up.
Quote: Is it possible that under my conditions the core is a barely-visible 1' wisp with a bright center that is 10" or less?
Quote: That's certainly possible, although I think that the core is more easily visible than you suspect. What other galaxies have you observed? How does NGC 7331 look from your place, for example?
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