(IAAC) Object: NGC 6826 Instrument: 8" f/6 Newtonian

Observer:  Chuck Layton
Your skill: Intermediate
Date and UT of observation: 6 Oct. 1997 ; 0600 U.T.
Location & latitude: Tacoma, WA
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual):  4.4
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst): 3, pretty good for this location.
Moon up (phase?): no
Instrument: 8" f/6 Newtonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 204X
Filters used: None
Object: NGC 6826 "The Blinking Nebula"
Category: Planetary Nebula
Constellation: Cygnus
Object data: Mag. 8.8 ; 27" x 24"
RA/DE: 19h 14m ; +50 32deg.
Description:   At low (49X) power the small circular nebula was easy to miss.
 It appearred as a slightly out of focus star.  At 98X the small, greenish
disk seemed fairly well defined.  As soon as I began using averted vision to
sketch the "blinking" began.  Quite fun.  At 204X the central star contrasted
well with the surrounding nebulosity.  The brightest portion of greenish gas
appeared to have a slight fan shape in which the "fuzzy" star was centrally
located.  All in all, a fine sight to see on a better than average night in
our well-lit suburbs.
Chuck Layton   Laytz@aol.com
"Big scopes?  We don't need no stinking big scopes"
    -some poor amateur stargazer