(IAAC) Obj: Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) - Inst: 8" Discovery DHQ dob

Observation Poster: Tom Campbell <softech@iolaks.com>
Observer: Tom Campbell
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: August 6, 2001 - 10:10pm CDT
Location of site: Iola, KS (Lat 37 55m, Elev 1000')
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 8 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" Discovery DHQ dob
Magnification: 49X, 81X, 122X, 188X, 305X
Filter(s): None
Object(s): Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543)
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 3a+2
Constellation: Dra
Data: mag 8.8  size 19.5"
Position: RA 17:59  DEC +66:38
I had to use 122X to be able to positively identify this planetary when
sweeping through the field for it. 188X provides a nice view in my
telescope. The oval shape is unmistakable, and is reminiscent of the Ring
Nebula in Lyra. The nebulosity appears to be a fairly consistent brightness
throughout, with little variation noted.
A fairly bright star in the same field acts as a visual companion to the
Cat's Eye, making focusing much easier. Dropping the magnification back down
to 49X reveals that the nebula is a brilliant aqua color.
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