Re: (IAAC) Obj: M 97 (Owl nebula) - Inst: 8" f/10 SCT, 8x50

Observer:Steve Coe	
Your skill: Expert
Date and UT of observation: 14 June 96	
Location & latitude:50 miles west of Phoenix, AZ	
Site classification:Good
Limiting magnitude (visual):5.7
Seeing : 6 out of 10
Moon up (phase?):no
Instrument:13" f/5.6 Newtonian on Bigfoot German EQ.
Magnification:100X,150X and 220X
Filters used:UHC
Object:M 97
Object data:
Description: At 100X with no filter I saw M97 as:
Bright, pretty large, round and somewhat brighter
in the middle.  The "eyes" of the Owl could only
be seen with averted vision and only held for 10%
of the time.  Going to 150X and using the UHC filter,
the eyes were much more prominent.  At 220X with no
filter that was one star involved, a very faint,
maybe 13.5 magnitude star at the southern edge of
the nebulosity.  There is a brighter, elongated
area between the eyes, it is more prominent with
averted vision and higher powers.