Observing site: Ulvila Observatory, Finland
Instrument: C280/2750 mm (11” Catadioptric)
Darkness of the background sky: 3
Weather: Clear to partly cloudy sky, moderate breeze, no Moon, no snow, +4C
Objects observed: NGC 3377, 3412, 3489 and 3593
This night was my second observing night in March 2017. During the night, I was observing in Ulvila observatory. Conditions were pretty average in terms of the site. During the night, I observed four galaxies in Leo, all listed in Herschel 400 observing list.
My first object for the night was NGC 3377, an elliptical galaxy in Leo located about 6,5 degrees WSW from theta Leo. Messier 95, 96 and 105 aren’t far from this either, this galaxy is located ~1,5 degrees N from M 105. Of this galaxy I wrote following notes:
@165x: rather bright galaxy with bright, almost stellar core. The galaxy is elongated, long axis in SW-NE orientation.
My next target wasn’t far away either, this galaxy was NGC 3412, a barred spiral galaxy of type SB0, located ~1 degree SE from NGC 3377. About this object, I wrote as follows:
@165x: rather bright galaxy, elongated, with bright, almost stellar core. Long axis in NW-SE direction.
My third object for this night was NGC 3489, an SB0-a barred spiral galaxy in Leo, located 2,5 degrees ENE from NGC 3412. I wrote following notes about this object:
@165x: a rather bright, elongated galaxy with bright, almost stellar core. Long axis of the galaxy is in SW-NE orientation.
My fourth and last object for this night was NGC 3593, a lenticular galaxy of type S0-a in Leo constellation. This galaxy is located very close to Messier 65 and 66, it can be found ~1 degree WSW from Messier 65. About this galaxy I wrote as follows:
@165x: an elongated, rather bright and thin galaxy, apparently in edge-on position. Long axis in W-E orientation. Center of the area slightly brighter than outer parts.
So, that was my second observing night in March 2017. After this session, I was still able to do observing couple more times before mandatory summer break from observing.