(IAAC) Object: M27 (Dumbbell Nebula) - Instrument: 7x35 binos

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-07-21, 07:20 UT
Location: Savoy, MA, USA (43N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.3
Seeing: 4 - medium poor
Moon up: no
Instrument: 7x35mm binos
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: none
Object: M27
Category: Planetary nebula
Constellation: Vul
Data: mag 7.3  size 8'
RA/DE: 20h00m  +22o43m
Description: At the prompting of a fellow Web-based
amateur, I especially looked for the lovely Dumbbell
in binoculars, choosing a clear night and a very dark
sky: Sure enough there it was! Obviously non-stellar,
and showing a suggestion of its true "apple core"
shape, the Dumbbell is also in the midst of a VERY
nice stellar field: something one generally misses
through a telescope! Look for the Dumbbell for your-
self using binoculars, especially if you have access
to some quality astronomical binocs (unlike mine)!