(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC1501 (planetary) INST: 18" f/4.2 NEWT fl 1925mm

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate - Many years
Date and UT of observation: 10/15/99 07:30GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): approx. 5.3 zenith, 5.0 vic.object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): 6-7
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 18" f/4.2 fl=1925mm Newt 
Magnifications: 320x,227x
Filters used: none and UHC
Object: NGC1501
Constellation: CAM
Object data: PN
Size(s): 52"
Position: 04:07RA, +60:55DEC
Magnitude: 11.9
Personal "rating": B+ 
A remarkable object at this aperture in darker than usual 
skies for my site. Looks much like the Ring Nebula in smaller 
aperture, but a bit more symettrically round, but unlike the Ring (m57)
it's not as bright, not as fat, and not as much central nebulosity....
also.. it's faint central star stands out much more in NGC1501, dominating 
the ringlike planetary when it does appear, especially with averted vision.
I don't think this object would be as enjoyable in smaller than 12" aperture
whereby the central star may not appear, as it seems approximately mag. 14.8
or so.
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