(IAAC) Obj: M57 - Inst: Orion 10" DSE F/5.6

Observation Poster: Brian Carter <nairbretrac@hotmail.com>
Observer: Brian Carter
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 7-24-04
Location of site: Covington GA (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Orion 10" DSE F/5.6
Magnification: 188
Filter(s): UHC
Object(s): M57
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Lyr
Data: mag 8.8  size 1.4x1.0
Position: RA 18:53.6  DEC 33:02
I used both 112x and 188x.  Definitely elliptical, major axis running
north/south.  One faint star (looked up in atlases, possibly around
mag. 12?) near the south tip.  Definite nebula inside the ring, just
much fainter.  Nebulosity continuing well outside the 'ring' when
viewed with a UHC filter.  With high enough powers it is really
spectacular, because the outside ring is so much more distinct than
the inside and outside areas.  Very nice.  Still can't even catch a
glimpse of the central star.  Need darker skies.
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