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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 6717 - Inst: Vixen 102 FL(f/9) on GP mount



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Observer: Bill Becker
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 22-July-2000 6:30 UT
Location of site: Casper Wyoming (Lat 42*55mN, Elev 5200')
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: Vixen 102 FL(f/9) on GP mount
Magnification: 191x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 6717
Category: Globular cluster.
Class: 
Constellation: Sagittarius
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
NGC 6717: I was surprised how easily I found this 9th mag globular
considering its close proximity to the 5th mag Nu2 Sag. Even at 53x, I
could tell this guy was much larger than the previous 2 globulars I
viewed earlier. Increasing the power to 191x actually improved the view
as I thought I could detect a star near its nw edge.(after I finished my
session, I consulted my NSOG and found that there indeed is a 13th mag
star located in that area....glad to see my eyes weren't playing any
tricks we me. ;^) 
I know, I didn't bag that many objects for a near 3 hour session...I
also had some failures. I spent a lot of time looking for NGC 6629, an
11th magnitude planetary; I know I found the correct field but no amount
of magnification that I used made any of the "stars" appear more than a
star. Perhaps I should have started the search earlier before Luna began
its nightly tour. ;^)
That's all for now so clear & steady skies to all and,
Best regards,
Bill
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