(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1514 - Inst: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount

Observer: Dave Mitsky
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1999/10/11 05:25 UT
Location of site: ASH Naylor Observatory, Lewisberry, PA (Lat 40.15 d N, 76.9 d W, Elev 190 meters)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount
Magnification: 118, 144, 202, and 259x
Filter(s): Orion UltraBlock and Lumicon O-III
Object(s): NGC 1514
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: type 3+2
Constellation: Taurus
Data: mag 10.9p  size 120"x90"
Position: RA 04h:09.2'  DEC +30d:47'
NGC 1514 is a large planetary nebula that has an unusually bright central star 
of magnitude 9.4.  It is located between two ninth magnitude field stars, the 
southern one being distinctly red in color.  The nebulosity was subtle and is 
described in _The Night Sky Observer's Guide_ as having a dumbbell shape similar
to M27 but to me it appeared roughly annular.  Under mediocre conditions said 
nebulosity was visible with averted vision at 118, 144, and 202x without a 
nebula filter but I felt the best view was at 118x using an Orion UltraBlock 
filter.  The view was too dark with a Lumicon O-III filter at 202x and 
unfiltered at 259x.  
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