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(IAAC) Obj: NGC 1931 - Inst: 12.5" F 4.8 dobsonian



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Observation Poster: Paul Money <paul_ohstbucks@msn.comm>
Observer: Paul Money
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: November 28,  2002/ 900pm CST
Location of site: Kansas City, MO (Lat 38N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 12.5" F 4.8  dobsonian
Magnification: 59x, 118x, 157x
Filter(s): OIII
Object(s): NGC 1931
Category: Reflection nebula.
Class: 
Constellation: Aur
Data: mag 11  size 2.5
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
This was harder to find than expected.  I knew the basic position from my map,
but expected a little brighter object to observe.  The reports I read mentioned
a triangle of stars surrounded by nebulosity.  Sounds easy!  Well, it wasnt 
quite that easy.  I found it just east of the Christmas tree open cluster.  It
appeared to be a single star with some nebulosity surrounding it at 59x.  Once
I increased the magnification up to 157 power did it show the triangle of stars
within the nebulosity.  And it took some  serious observing.........to see that!
At 314x, the 3 stars were more obvious, but the breese and  average seeing made
that a difficult observation. In summary, It was a lot smaller and dimmer than
was expected.
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