(IAAC) Obj: m27 - Inst: Orion 10" DSE f/5.6

Observation Poster: Brian Carter <nairbretrac@hotmail.com>
Observer: Brian Carter
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 7-18-04
Location of site: Covington, GA (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 10" DSE f/5.6
Magnification: 3795
Object(s): m27
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Vulpecula
Data: mag 7.4  size 8.0' x 5.7'
Position: RA 19:60  DEC 22:43
With this much aperture it is more football shaped than hourglass
shaped.  The ‘wings’ filling in the hourglass sides are not
suggestions, they are very apparent without filter.  It looks very
dense, has high surface brightness.  With a UHC filter it becomes even
brighter, but really does not bring out any more detail.  It is
prettier with its backdrop of stars.  Is among a relatively rich
starfield near the galactic plane.  At least one or two VERY faint
stars are outside the hourglass but in the wings.  I could not find
their magnitude, but it was near the limit for the night.  The
clearest of the two was on the east/south corner.  I didn't look
that hard for the central star.
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