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(IAAC) Obj: M57 Ring Nebula - Inst: Orion 6" Dob



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Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 8/19/98 11:53 pm CDT
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 N, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 3.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 6" Dob
Magnification: 48x, 72x, 120x
Filter(s): nonr
Object(s): M57 Ring Nebula
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 
Constellation: Lyr
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
There has been some discussion recently in S.A.A. about this object and how 
visible it is under various conditions and with various instruments. So I
thought I'd revisit it. It was a bit hard for me to find, because I found its
overhead position somewhat dis-orienting. However, once I got myself oriented, 
I soon found it. IOt is clearly visible as a faint, grey, fuzzy blob at 48x, at
72x it is clearer, but still only a hint of the "hole", but at 120x the "hole" 
is quite distinct. With averted vision I could detect some of the structure in
the "donut" part also, similar to what you see in pictures.
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