(IAAC) Obj: M8 - Inst: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount

Observation Poster: William L. Schart <wschart@hot.rr.com>
Observer: William L. Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 8/11/01 9:18 pm CDT
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31 07, Elev 600 ft)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount
Magnification: 58x, 80x, 120x, 170x, 203x
Filter(s): none, Orion Ultrablock
Object(s): M8
Category: Emission nebula.
Constellation: Sgr
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
At low power, the main protion of this cluster appeared rather like a house, with a somewhat lop-sided arrangement of 4 stars forming a window. The peak of the roof pointed to the segment of nebula visible at this power w/o filter.Mid power w/o the filter brought out a few more stars, and with the filter I could see a great deal more of the nebula  There is one band stretching throught the house, and trailing off of the main segment is a faint swatch extending to the east. In the midst of the main clump of nebula I can see 3 stars.
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