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(IAAC) Obj: M1 Crab Nebula - Inst: 12.5" F-4.8 dobsonian



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Observation Poster: Paul Money <paul_ohstbucks@msn.com>
Observer: Paul Money
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: November 18,2002/11pmCST
Location of site: Kansas City,MO (Lat 38N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 2 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Major - gibbous or near object
Instrument: 12.5"   F-4.8 dobsonian
Magnification: 59x
Filter(s): OIII
Object(s): M1 Crab Nebula
Category: Supernova remnant.
Class: 
Constellation: Tau
Data: mag 8.4  size 6x4 arc min
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
Ok, finding M1 has been my little pet peeve project as of late.  I know I should
be able to observe it under even the worst conditions but havnt been able to
locate it.  I have tried a couple times and come up empty. I refuse to wait 
for dark skies!! See my frustration? I know it is roughly 1 degree west and 1 
degree north of Zeta Tauri. Should be simple!?  Keep in mind that I am a 
beginner and have dont have any past M1 observations to fall back on. Of 
course the moon is almost full and not too far away so I know it will be 
faint. What I failed to note was that the current position of Taurus shows 
the horns very low on the left and very high towards the Hyades. I 
wasnt tilting my map enough to show the correct position of M1!!!  M1 is 
actually north and east(left) of Zeta Tauri in tonights sky.  To find it, I
found a star roughly 1 degree east(left) of Zeta Tauri, and hopped to 
another star that  diagonaled roughly 1 degree NW and M1 was just a 
little beyond the 2nd star. What I found was a roughly 5 arc minute spot of
grey matter that required the OIII.  I could make it out with direct vision
but too faint for any detail.  This observation was all about the journey!!!
If any of what I said made any sense, and somebody would like to verify this...
please do.
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