(IAAC) OBJECT: M27 INST: 102mm refractor

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 08/20/97 0140 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.5 (estimated) 4.3(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  6
Moon up (phase?): Yes, full, towards horizon
Instrument: 4" 102mm refractor (C102), 1000mm fl
Magnifications: 33,53x
Filters used: UHC
Object: M27
Constellation:  Vicinity of Vupecula
Object data:  Planetary
The large, bright planetary, M27 looks wonderful in this size scope, 
even with a full moon some 10-15 degrees off the horizon! The 
UHC filter added an incredible amount of contrast.
Object looks like a large rectangle at first glance, with a noticeable
"tucking in" 
in the middle of each long side of the rectangle, producing a superimposed 
"hourglass" shape...nebulosity nevertheless still appearing approximately 
rectangular when looking at this as a whole. Sprinkled nearby is a myriad of
dim stars.
Best at around 50x, at this aperture.
- Todd
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