(IAAC) Obj: M 42, Trapezium - Inst: 25" Obsession

[Here's a submission from a non-subscriber. Thanks, Mike! ]
Observer: Mike Wirths
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: March 17th, 1998  8:00-9:30 est
Location of site: Perth, Ontario,Canada (Lat 45 N, Elev 500")
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.3 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 25" Obsession
Magnification: 105x, 198x, 353x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M 42, Trapezium
Category: Emission nebula
Constellation: Orion
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
M=42 had definite colour on this cold March night. The central
Trapezium having a distinct blueish-green cast to it and the
outlying areas having a pinkish tint.
Even at low mags the e and f components were visible in the
trap. At higher mags g was visible during moments of better
seeing. Also up to 12-14 very faint reddish stars were to be
seen in the area outlying the trapezium. Hours could be spent 
drawing all the detail to be seen at the eyepiece!
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