(IAAC) Obj: NGC 6826 - Blinking Planetary - Inst: 10" F/10 SCT (Meade LX200)
Observation Poster: Gary A. Weston <email@example.com>
Observer: Gary A. Weston
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 8/11/02 12:30pm EST
Location of site: Stellafane - Springfield Vt. (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" F/10 SCT (Meade LX200)
Magnification: 71.4x, 78.1x, 96.15x, 131.6x (+2x barlow)
Object(s): NGC 6826 - Blinking Planetary
Category: Planetary nebula.
Data: mag 9.80 size 25.0"
Position: RA 19:44 DEC 50:31
The 35mm pan just doesn't show this object well. Its a small dot, barely discernable from the starfield. The 19mm pan makes the nebula much more visible, and I can easily see the central star. I guess I understand the the origin of its name now. When I use a combination of blinking and averted vision, I can see the central star and the roundness of the nebula becomes more apparent. It seems much more defined when I do this. When staring at the object, it seems more fuzzy, though the central star is still very visible. I threw the 2x barlow in with the 19 pan. I usually don't like using my barlow as I tend to lose a lot of light (bad barlow?), but it magnifies the nebula quite a bit and makes it much easier to see, though it isn't as bright.
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