(IAAC) Obj: NGC896 - Inst: Televue 102, 102mm f8.6

Observation Poster: Jay M. <wsr88d@hotmail.com>
Observer: Jay M.
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 01/08/05 2300EST
Location of site: Near KSC, FL (Lat 28.5N, Elev 10m)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 to 5.50 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Televue 102, 102mm f8.6
Magnification: 34x - 50x
Filter(s): UHC
Object(s): NGC896
Category: Emission nebula. Reflection nebula.
Constellation: CAS
Data: mag   size 20.0'
Position: RA :  DEC :
Nebula is surprisingly large and is very dim. While NGC896 is suggested
without the UHC filter, this filter makes the object much more visible,
although it remains on the verge of perception. The brightest portion of
the nebula is to the south of a fine kite-shaped group of stars. Several
dim stars are situated near and along the edge of this brightest region
of nebulosity. An absorption patch was detected east from NGC896's brightest
region and was most noticeable as a sharper cut-off of the nebula's hazy
gray glow. Also, this absorption region appeared at times darker than the
surrounding background sky. The northern end of this absorption channel
was visible with a distinct nebulous cusp, this cusp found near the 
southeastern most star that is part of the kite asterism. 
Northeast of NGC896 is IC1795, another nebula that is separated by the NGC
object via the dark channel / absorption patch. IC1795 was at times suspected,
but was not successfully identified. 
NGC896's location is easy to spot, southwest of the kite asterism and there
engulfing what appears to be a starless void. It seems that the nebula is
blocking out dimmer stars that otherwise litter the surrounding fields, hence
making the area look like a "hole" in the star fields (note: careful study
will bring several dim stars into view within the nebulosity). 
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