(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC 7027 INST: 16" Dob-newtonian

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 08/19/97 0300 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4 (estimated) 4(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  5
Moon up (phase?): Yes, full, towards horizon
Instrument: 16",dob-newt 96%, 99% coatings- f/4.59, fl 1865mm-Pegasus
Magnifications: 98,207x,266x
Filters used: UHC
Object: NGC7027
Constellation:  Vicinity of Cygnus
Object data:  Planetary
Wonderful object at this aperture. Best viewed at higher power as it is 
very small, it has a high surface brightness, and I immediately noticed 
it's greenish color. At 207x, and 266x I noticed it looks very similar to a 
double star, in that it appears like a double planetary! That is, a larger, 
round, green-glowing blob.. just touching a less intensely colored, slightly 
smaller round blob, to the east, with a hint of some bridging between them
to the north.
Worked well with and without the UHC filter, but the green was noted especially
well with it. Greenish glow NOT as intense as an object like the Orion nebula,
but still easily noticeable. I particularly liked the unfiltered view through a
9mm pentax ortho at 207x. Just a bit small, but quite bright at that exit pupil
near 1. NGC 7027 did appear almost starlike at 98x because of it's small 
- Todd
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