(IAAC) Obj: NGC 6543 - Inst: 8" f/6 Newtonian
Observer: Chuck Layton
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: May 19, 1998 ; 0745 UT
Location of site: Tacoma, WA (Lat 47N, Elev 350ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" f/6 Newtonian
Magnification: 76X , 177X
Filter(s): none, OIII
Object(s): NGC 6543
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 3a + 2
Data: mag 8.8 size 18" x 22"
Position: RA 17:58 DEC +66:38
Straight forward to find with low power. This planetary is a beautiful
greenish oval elongated slightly N to S. The core was fairly uniform
in brightness except at the N end where it appeared to be slightly
mottled. A dim nebulous mist evenly surrounded the core. The OIII
filter didn't help a whole lot except to give the central portion a
more definite edge. The central star was lost in the bright glow.
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