(IAAC) Obj: M17 Swan Nebula - Inst: 16" F/ 4.5 Dobsonian

Observation Poster: Paul Money <paul_ohstbucks@msn.com>
Observer: Paul Money
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 4/27/3 415AM  CST
Location of site: Black Hole in Missouri (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6+ <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 16" F/ 4.5 Dobsonian
Magnification: 70x, 140x
Object(s): M17 Swan Nebula
Category: Emission nebula.
Constellation: Sag
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
This was far brighter and more spectacular than I would have guessed.
 It clearly looked like the swan that the name suggests and it looked as if 
it was swimming downhill to the left. The OIII even made this more 
spectacular. There are several imbedded stars, the brightest being in the 
neck and head of the swan. The main body of the nebula showed great detail 
with a lot of mottling clearly visible. You could say it looked like 
textured feathers throughout the bird. There were also plenty of 
areas behind the tail. At 70x, it was fairly large and sharply 
defined. Increasing the magnification to 140x increased its size to fill 
most of the eyepiece with no breakdown in image quality. This was my
 first observation of the swan and it was clearly the view of the night.  A+ 
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