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(IAAC) Object: Sharpless 2-242



Observer:  Art Russell
Your skill:  Intermediate
Date and UT of observation: 990119   0310-0317UT
Location & latitude: Lat 34.59, Lon 84.00
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 6+
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 5
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Low humidity. Good Sky Contrast.
Instrument: 18 inch (46cm) F4.9 Tectron Lightweight Dobsonian.
Magnifications: 250X
Filters used: OIII and H-beta
Object: Sharpless 2-242, aka LBN 826
Constellation: Tau
Object data: Reflection nebula
Size(s): 7.1'X6.5'
Position: RA: 05 51.800 DEC: 27.022222
Magnitude: r3
Personal "rating" (at this aperture, and sky condition):  Difficult
Observation: Very dim object. Only suggested with OIII filter. Best seen
when scope is shaken. Approximately 6'X3' in apparent size. Very faint, with
visibility increasing with eye's adaptation at the eyepiece. H-beta filter:
Visible in H-beta filter. Very faint in the field of view, but more visible
than with the OIII filter.
Cheers!
Art Russell
Atlanta, Georgia
mailto:artrussell@mindspring.com
http://Education.gsu.edu/spehar/
Member National Deep Sky Observers Society (NDSOS), Webb Society, and
Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO)
"Sight is a faculty; seeing, an art" - George Perkins Marsh
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