(IAAC) Obj: M97 "Owl Nebula" - Inst: Orion 6" Dob

Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 3/8/99 10:10 pm CST
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 N, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 6" Dob
Magnification: 32x, 48x, 72x, 120x
Filter(s): Orion Ultra-block
Object(s): M97 "Owl Nebula"
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: UMa
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
There are 2 prominent stars near M108, M97 forms a trapezoid with these 3 
objects. Once I knew the location, iat was faint but definate at 32x. Blinking
with the filter confirmed the ID. Much the same at higher powers. Fairly large
but with indistinct edges, definately non-stellar. The details which give it the
name Owl were not visible.
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