(IAAC) Obj: M42 - Inst: lx5 2080 8" Meade SCT

Observation Poster: Julian Owens <julianowens@hotmail.com>
Observer: Julian Owens
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: Jan 22 2002 20:00 hrs
Location of site: Trophy Club Texas (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: lx5 2080 8" Meade SCT
Magnification: 26mm meade super pl
Object(s): M42
Category: Emission nebula.
Constellation: orion
Data: mag 4.0  size 85x60
Position: RA 05:35.4  DEC -05:27
Visually clear from suburban neighborhood.  Could make out clear distinct
trapezium.  Viewers numbered at about 8 people of non astronomical background.
Each viewer distinctly noted the clarity of the "wings" and the trapezium 
cluster.  Blue color was clearly visible in both 8" 2080 with a 26mm super pl
and also a pair of 10x50 binos.  Observance was done with a meeting of fathers
and daughters for YMCA Indian Princess in discovering astronomy with k-1st grade.
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