(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2371 - Inst: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian on Bigfoot German EQ

Observer: Steve Coe
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 12 Feb 99
Location of site: Salome, Arizona USA (Lat +34, Elev 3000 ft)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 8 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument:  13"  f/5.6 Newtonian on Bigfoot German EQ 
Magnification: 100X, 220X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 2371
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: GEM
Data: mag 13  size 74" X 54"
Position: RA 07:26  DEC +29:29
NGC 2371 and 2372 at 100X in the 13" f/5.6 it is easily seen as
double even at this low power.  220X shows it as bright, small,
elongated 2X1 in PA 60.  The west end of this nebula has a
bright, non-stellar blob that is obvious.  The central star is
within a thin dark lane that seperates the two parts of this
double-lobed nebula.  The star is only seen in short glimpses.
Adding the UHC filter makes the nebula stand out much better
and the faint outer nebulosity is now seen easily with averted
vision.  This tenuous outer haze is more easily seen
on the north side of the main nebula.  Raising the power to
330X will hold the central star about 30% of the time.  There
is no more detail seen at high power, but it is an excellent
view of all the detail within this nebula.
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