(IAAC) Obj: NGC 246 - Inst: 9x63 binoculars

Observation Poster: Stéphane Meloche <stephanemeloche@videotron.ca>
Observer: Stéphane Meloche
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 2004/07/10 23h57 EDT
Location of site: Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley, Qc, Canada (Lat 45.2083° N, Elev 343 m)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5.9 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 9x63 binoculars
Object(s): NGC 246
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Cet
Data: mag 8.5  size 240" x 210"
Position: RA 00:47.1  DEC -11:52
In Cetus, at ~ 6° N of Diphda. Planetary nebula of low brightness, visible with averted vision only. This I notice much is the size of the nebula which is very easy to see at 9x. It is presented in the form of a quite round fuzzy spot and resembles a galaxy much. Also, it's seems to me to see, by moments, two stars very weak and very close, within nebula, placed in an axis NS. After checks, there are three stars inside of NGC 246 (HIP 3678, TYC 5272-1854-1 and TYC 5272-958-1), but they are very close to magnitude 12. Stars TYC 5272-1854-1 and TYC 5272-958-1 are precisely placed in the same axis.
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