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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC6905 (PN) Blue Flash Neb. INST: 18" fl 1925mm Newt (dob)



Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate - Many years
Date and UT of observation: 7/11/99 07:15 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): approx. 5.0 zenith, same object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 5-6
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 18" f/4.2 fl=1925mm Newt 
Magnifications: 320x (binoviewer), 320x, 443x
Filters used: UHC at times
Object: NGC6905 
Constellation: Sagitta
Object data: Planetary
Size(s):  40"
Position:20:22RA 20:07n
Magnitude: 10.9
Personal "rating": B+ !
Was this supposed to look so good? Once in awhile I stumble
upon a nebula that is much better than I had expected. The blue
flash nebula is a bluish tinted round planetary that sits in a rich
field of stars. As soon as I applied magnification.. it's goblin-like
face became apparent, particularly with averted vision. It's central 
star becomes very visible at 320x, and above, and looks like a nose.
Two symettrical wide triangles pointing in towards the central 
star appeared o form "eyes" , particularly since they were darker 
on the top 1/2 of each (south was up) Reminiscent of the owl nebula. 
View through the binoviewer was similar, but the splitting of the
beam robbed a bit of color from the object, otherwise much the
same.
thanks! 
-Todd
Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
(617)725-0777
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