(IAAC) Obj: M76 Little Dumbell - Inst: 90MM ETX90 Meade F/13 Autostar Heavy Tripod

Observation Poster: Warren McMurry <wnppmy@yahoo.com>
Observer: Warren McMurry
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 09/23/04 4AM CSDT
Location of site: Rock Falls  Illinois (Lat 41.8, Elev 89.7)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7.5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 90MM ETX90 Meade F/13 Autostar Heavy Tripod
Magnification: 132X
Filter(s): No Filters
Object(s): M76 Little Dumbell
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: Planetary Nebula
Constellation: Perseus
Data: mag 11  size 2.7 X 1.8'
Position: RA 01 :42  DEC 51:.6
Sky conditions more transparent than usual, missed this one on prior outings,
 was in good position, scanned with Plus 130X and popped into view, nearly 
obvious with elongation, center faded but outer limbs visible. Near limit of 3 
inch aperatures excited that I at last viewed this one. My Location is nicely 
open but fighting light polution, however filter was not needed. Pleides Nebula 
was brighter than normal, also Great Orion was luming larger than prior 
viewings, a great night indeed.
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