(IAAC) Obj: NGC2359 Thors Helmet - Inst: 16" F 4.5 Dobsonian

Observation Poster: Paul <paul_ohstbucks@msn.com>
Observer: Paul
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: March 12, 2004 9pm CST
Location of site: 60 miles east of Kansas City (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.2 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 16" F 4.5 Dobsonian
Magnification: 80x 160x
Filter(s): OIII
Object(s): NGC2359  Thors Helmet
Category: Emission nebula. Reflection nebula.
Constellation: Mon
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Last night, I was able to log my first observation of Thors Helmet. I was
pleasantly suprised how easy it was to observe at the eyepiece. The "horns" were
easily observed angling down and to the left.  The southern horn was the 
brighter of the two. To the right of the brightest porting of nebula, I was also
able to see the fainter diffuse portion with little difficulty. Suprisingly, it
looks more like a viking helmet at the eyepiece than in photos. This was the 
object of the night.  Definitely worth a look.
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