(IAAC) Obj: NGC 7026 - Inst: 40" f/5 dob

Observer: Mark G.Birkmann
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 9-7-2000, 7:00 UT to 7:50 UT(2:00 to 2:50 CDT)
Location of site: New Haven, Missouri (Lat ~38, Elev ~700 feet)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 40" f/5 dob
Magnification: 408x
Object(s): NGC 7026
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 3a
Constellation: Cygnus
Data: mag 12.7(p)  size 20"  central star mag 14.2
Position: RA 21h:06m 18.5s  DEC +47:51'08"
This planetary was easily found just 12.5' north of 4.6 mag. star 63 Cyg.  The 
pn was blue/gray and the central star was not seen.  Megastar lists the central 
star at  a fairly bright mag. 14.2.  Maybe it is obscured by dust or the bright 
inner region of the nebula?  The overall shape of the nebula was rectangular, 
aligned roughly north/south.  A prominent dark lane ran down the middle 
dividing the nebula into two almost equal segments.  The central part of each 
section was much brighter than the ends with the central section of the eastern 
segment appearing to be shifted slightly to the north.  The bright section of 
the eastern segment also appeared to be very slightly shorter than its western 
counterpart.  The east and west borders were very sharp and distinct but the 
north and south ends gradually faded away into the background sky glow.  
Inserting the orion uldtrablock caused the north and south ends to grow 
slightly in lenght.  The filter also revealed a very faint extension to the 
southeast from the south end of the eastern segment.  I could hold this 
extension more than 50% of the time with averted vision but wouldn't bet my 
life that it is actually there.
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