See also: Observation 2. and Observation 3.
Object: Galaxy MESSIER 51 and NGC 5195          Constell: CVN

RA: 13h 29.9m  (M51)    Decl: +47° 12'          Epoch: 2000
Mag: 8.3m(v)/9.5m(p)    Size: 11.4x7'/5.8x4.6'  Type: SA(s)bcp
                                                      I0p
Observer: Jere Kahanpää
Obs. place: Hartola, Finland
Date/Time: 6./7.4.1996, 23.15

Telescope: N 205/1000
Magn: 133x              Filter:
Field: 22'              NE Lim.mag: 5.7m
Background sky: 4       Seeing: 3 
Weather: 0 °C, occasional clouds.  

Brightness: 3, 3        Alt:    
Description: The easiest spiral structure (maybe M33 is easier).
A classic. The spiral is quite easy even though the weather is
not the best possible. Several brightenings are obvious, the
easiest being the patch around the mag. 13 star in the disk SSW
of the nucleus. Other bright arcs are found E and S from the
core in the 'N' arm and two small knots in the 'S' arm. 
NGC 5195: The E side is largely obscured by a dust patch. Core
maybe even brighter than in M 51.