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Posted by Kip Crawford on April 13, 2001 02:47:56 UTC

I have seen many, many times hints of "arm structure" in just a few galaxies. Of course this is not par for the course. Conditions must optimum or the best you can get. Traveling to the central desert of Washington state during summer and winter with no turbulance or "sky glow" and transperancy is 100%, you CAN define certain structure in a few galaxies. All this with an 8" scope. This is a very rare oppurtunity for me and just about anyone else. My partners 18" truss shows even more at the sites on really good nights, but it's even rarer for him than me since he doesn't get out much. Another galaxy I have seen on good nights is the Sombrero Galaxy with it's distinguishable dust last. Granted, it looks like a dark smudge, but you can discern the lane against the lit galaxy in the background.

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