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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 6629 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)



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Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 07/20/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 22x, 30x, 60x, 110x, 175x, 220x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 6629
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 
Constellation: Sgr
Data: mag 11.3  size 16" x 14"
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
Every once in a while, I like to try to squeeze every photons out of my
TV-102 and not let any single photon escape ...
Pick this dim and teeny 15" (smaller than even the Blue Racketball) to test the 
limit of TV-102.  Looked very dim at 30x and looked like a star popping 
in/out.  At 60x, 5 stars form a pentagon (SAO186790, 186783, 186800, 186802, 
GSC6644:489) with PN closed to 186802, still very dim and looked like unfocused 
star.  Pentagon still fit in FOV at 110x, still looking only like unfocused 
star.  Still unfocused star at 175x!  Definite PN form, oval shape at 220x but 
still very small.  Hint of nearby but faint 12.8th magnitude star (GSC 
6857:2006) popping in/out with averted vision.  Glimpse of the 12.9th magnitude 
central star popping in/out with averted vision, saw it 3 times during the 
sesssion.  No color detected but looked like gray smudge.  Too dim and tiny to 
be much fun in TV-102.  “Houston notes that this somewhat challenging planetary 
can be seen as a nebula in a 10-inch, in which the disk appears gray and ill-
defined.”  Umm, he obviously didn't have the TV-102 to try with ;-).
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