(IAAC) Obj: M42 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Matt Leo
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: March 29, 1998 1930 EST
Location of site: Melrose, MA (Lat 42 30', Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 2 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 2 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: 10x50 binoculars
Magnification: 10
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M42
Category: Emission nebula.
Constellation: ORI
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Unfortunately, I have poor viewing to the south which is towards the local 
down town, so the Orion nebula continues to diappoint.  It is visble only as 
a faint smudginess around theta1 and theta2 orionis.  If I didn't know that I
was looking for a nebula, I'd have attributed it to being a little out of
focus.  This night was after an unseaonably warm day, so the seeing was rather
poor and the skyglow was unusually bad, but in general I've never got
significantly better views of this object. 
Very fine view of the tiny, tiny cresent moon this night.
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