Re: (IAAC) Object: NGC 6826 Instrument: 8" f/6 Newtonian

GREAT inaugural post, Chuck! By the way, it would be wonderful if you were able 
to share your sketches of objects like ngc 6826 with the rest of us by getting 
them on the Web. If you can do this, please let us know (via the -announce 
list) where to point our browsers! Mean time, I really look forward to hearing 
more about your observing exploits this Fall. :)
Clear skies,
Lew Gramer
> Observer:  Chuck Layton
> Your skill: Intermediate
> Date and UT of observation: 6 Oct. 1997 ; 0600 U.T.
> Location & latitude: Tacoma, WA
> Site classification: Suburban
> Limiting magnitude (visual):  4.4
> Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst): 3, pretty good for this location.
> Moon up (phase?): no
> Instrument: 8" f/6 Newtonian
> Magnification: 49X, 98X, 204X
> Filters used: None
> Object: NGC 6826 "The Blinking Nebula"
> Category: Planetary Nebula
> Constellation: Cygnus
> Object data: Mag. 8.8 ; 27" x 24"
> RA/DE: 19h 14m ; +50 32deg.
> Description:   At low (49X) power the small circular nebula was easy to miss.
>  It appearred as a slightly out of focus star.  At 98X the small, greenish
> disk seemed fairly well defined.  As soon as I began using averted vision to
> sketch the "blinking" began.  Quite fun.  At 204X the central star contrasted
> well with the surrounding nebulosity.  The brightest portion of greenish gas
> appeared to have a slight fan shape in which the "fuzzy" star was centrally
> located.  All in all, a fine sight to see on a better than average night in
> our well-lit suburbs.
> Chuck Layton   Laytz@aol.com
> "Big scopes?  We don't need no stinking big scopes"
>     -some poor amateur stargazer