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(IAAC) Object: NGC 6826 Instrument: 16" Dob



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate +
Date and UT of observation:  1/26/97 (1/26/97 1000GMT)
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.3 (estimated),  4.3 (est)  in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):  3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 85% illuminated!
Instrument: f/4.59 16" Dob, f.l. 1839mm, excellent optics, 96-99% coating,
3.1" secondary
Magnification: 175x/97X
Filters used: none
Object:  NGC 6826 Blinking Planetary
Category:  Planetary w. central star
Constellation: 
Object data: 
RA/DE: 
Description: 
Although the moon was on the other side of the sky, it was nearly full. The
importance of this observation, is that even with a limiting magnitude of
around 4, larger scopes, can take in a lot on non-extended objects.
Relatively bright central star surrounded by delicate, oval blue-green
nebulosity. . . very
well defined. Sharp contrast between nebula and it's central star, unlike in
smaller scopes. 
No blinking noted when viewed averted/direct. Moonlight seemed unimportant
to this small
object. Much more enjoyable than in smaller scopes.
Thanks! - Todd
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BOSTON TV METEOROLOGIST TODD GROSS
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