(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1554, NGC 1555 (Hind's Variable Nebula) - Inst: 40" f/5 dob

Observer: Mark G.Birkmann
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 11/16/99, early morning
Location of site: New Haven, Missouri (Lat ~38, Elev ~700')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 40" f/5 dob
Magnification: lowest power 125x
Filter(s): OIII, H-beta, Orion Ultrablock
Object(s): NGC 1554, NGC 1555 (Hind's Variable Nebula)
Category: Reflection nebula.
Constellation: Taurus
Data: mag ?  size 1.0 x 2.0
Position: RA 4:21m 56.4s  DEC +19:32' 03"
This is the third time this month I've attempted to observe this object with no
luck.  This time I almost had myself convinced I was seeing an evenly illuminated
diffuse glow around T Tauri with a slight brightening to the north and a small
darker area to the north east.  But I think it was actually a combination of
wishful thinking and glare from T Tauri combined with my astigmatism.  I did not
try any filters but have recently read where Jay Freeman observed this nebula
with a C-14 and Orion Ultrablock filter.  Has anyone else had any luck with NGC
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