(IAAC) Obj: M 97 (Owl nebula) - Inst: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian

Observer: Steve Coe
Your skill: Expert
Date and UT of observation: 14 June 96
Location & latitude: 50 miles west of Phoenix, AZ
Site classification: Exurban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.7
Seeing : 6 out of 10
Moon up (phase?): no
Instrument: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian on Bigfoot German EQ.
Magnification: 100X,150X and 220X
Filters used: None, UHC
Object: M97
Category: PN
Constellation: UMA
Object data:
At 100X with no filter I saw M97 as:
Bright, pretty large, round and somewhat brighter
in the middle.  The "eyes" of the Owl could only
be seen with averted vision and only held for 10%
of the time.  Going to 150X and using the UHC filter,
the eyes were much more prominent.  At 220X with no
filter that was one star involved, a very faint,
maybe 13.5 magnitude star at the southern edge of
the nebulosity.  There is a brighter, elongated
area between the eyes, it is more prominent with
averted vision and higher powers.