(IAAC) Obj: M26 - Inst: 4.5" Homemade Dobson reflector, f/8

  Observer: Ante Perkovic
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: August 12th 2003, 0.26h
Location of site: Tugare, near Split, Croatia (Lat 43.4 N, Elev 250m)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 4.5" Homemade Dobson reflector, f/8 ("babydob")
Magnification: 25x, 48x, 79x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M26
Category: Open cluster
Constellation: Sct
Data: mag 8.0  size 15'
  25x: The cluster is 45' SE of a star Delta Sct. The cluster is 
moderately bright, 2' in diameter with one 9.15-mag star much brighter 
than the others. Other stars can't be resolved.
  48x: 4 close bright stars shaped like a kite. Although my astro 
software shows fainter stars to be _outside_ this "kite", I saw the 
nebulosity _inside_. Maybe it's just bad seeing.
  79x: The same 4 stars with the same nebulosity inside.
The cluster was 30 deg above the horizon.