(IAAC) Obj: M27 (NGC 6853) - Inst: 8" f/6 Newtonian alt-az mount

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 7/24/1998  23.50 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn  Holland (Lat 52.09 N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" f/6 Newtonian  alt-az mount
Magnification: 49X  98X  244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M27 (NGC 6853)
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Vul
Data: mag 7.4  size 15'
Position: RA 19:59  DEC +22:43
Easiliy found planetary in a rich Milky Way field. At low power M27 is large
and round with the hourglass shape easily visible.
At 244X a very large and wonderful object! Three stars could be seen within
the nebula (But not the central star I think, but foreground stars).
Nice detail in this nebula. The hourglass shaped central 'bar' is not the same
brightness on either side, with the North being brighter than the Southern side.
These two bright condensations are connected by a somewhat dimmer area wich 
runs through the middle of M27. This whole central area is surrounded by a
round dim haze of light.
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