(IAAC) Obj: Abell 31 - Inst: 13.1" Dobsonian

Observer: Dave Aucoin
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 10:30PM EST
Location of site: Westford, MA (Lat , Elev )
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: 13.1" Dobsonian
Magnification: 47 X
Filter(s): UHC
Object(s): Abell 31
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Cancer
Data: mag 12.0 SB 18  size 970" X 930"
Position: RA 8h:54m  DEC -8:54
Could not confirm with alot of certaintly, but did see
noticable nebulosity, even though faint, with and without a
filter. The stars associated with the nebula looked cloudy
with filter and clear without. I would suspect I observed
the brighter western portion of the nebula, which looked
noticably undistinctive as far as true shape. I would say
that better sky conditions would warrant a better look at
this Pne, but I did see some nebula there. A practised eye
is essential for this one.
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