(IAAC) Obj: NGC 7662 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)

Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 09/14/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <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, 110x, 146x, 176x, 220x, 293x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 7662
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: And
Data: mag 8.3  size 2.2'
Position: RA :  DEC :
Took a while too because it was at the zenith and took me to a bad position 
lying down :-(.  But what a beautiful sight.  I couldn't find it with the 40mm, 
and found it obviously not a star with my 30mm (30x).  Blue looking without a 
doubt.  I jumped to my 8mm TV Radian (110x), definitely looked like a blue 
ball.  At 146x and 176x (6mm TV Radian) something interesting happened.  I saw 
a star nearby (the brightest star of the 3 in the picture - see link below) 
with *averted* vision.  The ball is still bright, much brighter than mag 9.0 
would suggest and definitely much brighter than M57. Then, I used my 4mm Radian 
(220x) and 3mm Radian (293x) - wow!  Definitely, the right mag for the ball.  
The thing that caught me was that I can now see the nearby 13.2 mag star with 
*direct* vision.  This observation that I can see better with direct vision at 
high magnification really surprised me.  Anyway, the ball looked blue all the 
way up to 293x.  There may be even a hint of the internal oval shape, but I 
guess it was my "oval" imagination.  No central star can be seen.
My favorite!
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