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I'm not Sleepy

Reged: 09/19/08

Loc: Utah
NGC 2903 new
      #3693589 - 03/20/10 12:27 PM

I have been having a nice streak of luck with skies (not as nice as I would like since Tuesday through last night was not good) and will be heading out tonight for one more time with DSO's before the moon gets too bright.

NGC 2903 Spiral Galaxy in Leo.
07:45 UT
Seeing III
LMV: 6.9 - 7.2
Mag. 9.0
RA 9h 32.2
Dec +21:30
XT10, 13mm Stratus with 2x barlow; 92x & 184x

Shows a bright inner core that is star like at first but with averted vision came out quite strong. Dust lanes/mottling evident with a strong lane that came and went with conditions in the center of the galaxy. A strong halo around the core that diffuses as it goes toward the edge. Hint of two arms are evident at either end. Sorry, I noticed I did not put my cardinal points on this. The galaxy sits north-south if I remember right. I'll check that tonight (it was my last item of the night). As Mark has noticed, it you are on a laptop and tilt the screen you should see more or less detail.

Charles Messier missed this by only by a small amount when completing his catalog. Three times he had comets he discovered come quite close to this object. William Herschel discovered it on November 16, 1784. It is estimated to be 20.5 million light years away.

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Reged: 12/08/09

Loc: Lithuania
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: JayinUT]
      #3693712 - 03/20/10 01:37 PM

Amazing observation you got there, Thanks for sharing

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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 01/01/05

Loc: Florida
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: JayinUT]
      #3693781 - 03/20/10 02:10 PM

Jay (in Utah),

Thank you for sharing this great sketch! NGC 2903 is one of those galaxies that I've kept missing, too - much like Messier. Maybe later this spring with the next new moon cycle I'll try to catch this bright little galaxy.

South Florida

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scholastic sledgehammer

Reged: 10/17/07

Loc: the dark skies of Texas
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: JayKSC]
      #3693976 - 03/20/10 03:57 PM

WOW! Really cool Jay!
Great looking sketch.


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Reged: 06/13/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: ladip63]
      #3694019 - 03/20/10 04:16 PM


This is a very, very nice sketch of this easy to locate galaxy in Leo.
I did get a good look a few nights back but no sketch for me.


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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 05/13/07

Loc: Oakland, CA
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: frank5817]
      #3694603 - 03/20/10 10:03 PM

That's very neat. It's cool that you can see the spiral arms.

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Sol Robbins
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Reged: 12/01/03

Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: mathteacher]
      #3694832 - 03/21/10 12:03 AM

Great sketch Jay!

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Reged: 01/19/05

Loc: Pembroke Pines, Broward County...
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #3694925 - 03/21/10 01:32 AM


An excellent observation of NGC 2903. This appears to be an interesting spiral galaxy in Leo. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


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Jeff Young
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Reged: 08/04/05

Loc: Ireland
Re: NGC 2903 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #3695942 - 03/21/10 03:46 PM

Awesome sketch, Jay. You're really getting the hang of it.

-- Jeff.

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Michael & Louise
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Reged: 06/02/08

Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Re: NGC 2903 [Re: Jeff Young]
      #3696611 - 03/21/10 09:20 PM

Jay, that's a great observation of NGC 2903. I've got it on my "to view list" for this spring as well. This one would have a lot more exposure if Messier had catalogued it I'm sure.

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