(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2261, Hubble's Variable Nebula - Inst: 40" f/5 dob

Observer: Mark G.Birkmann
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 4-4-2000, 1:56 UT, (8:56 CDT)
Location of site: New Haven, Missouri (Lat ~38, Elev ~700 feet)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 3 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 3 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 40" f/5 dob
Magnification: 408x
Object(s): NGC 2261, Hubble's Variable Nebula
Category: Reflection nebula.
Class: E + R  e1
Constellation: Monoceros
Data: mag ?  size 2' x 1'
Position: RA 06h:39m 12s  DEC +08:44' 00"
The tip of this comet shaped nebula consisted of a star embedded in nebulosity.
Next to this was a gap containing very faint nebulosity, followed by a band of
very bright nebulosity.  This band appeared to contain two nearly stellar bright
patches.  Next was a fairly large evenly illuminated area that contained a faint
lagoon in the center and a faint bay on the back side.  This was followed by an
area of extremely faint nebulosity with an indefinite border.  A drawing can be
seen at http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/twyford/637/drawings.htm
Optional related URLs: http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/twyford/637/drawings.htm
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