(IAAC) Obj: M42 Orion Trapezium E & F - Inst: XT8 Dobsonian F/6 1200MM 8 Inch

Observation Poster: Warren McMurry <wnppmy@yahoo.com>
Observer: Warren McMurry
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 09/28/04 4AM CSDT
Location of site: Rock Falls  Illinois (Lat 41.8, Elev 89.7)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: XT8 Dobsonian F/6 1200MM 8 Inch
Magnification: 60X  250X
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M42 Orion Trapezium E & F
Category: Emission nebula.
Constellation: Orion
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Anxious to see see the Orion Nebula and the Famed Trapezium, rushed out at 4AM
tho not at Transit, spent most of the time on Trapezium as with the larger 
8 inch my first attempt, have detected one of the fainter stars with smaller
aperatures, but not both, looked a few minutes at the Beautiful Orion Nebula,
Flower-Like with possible slight green tint, then used 250X nagler 4.8mm to
look for E and F, amazingly saw both, blinked in and out due to conditions. Was
Excited to at last capture these two. Rural area does have stray light but can
see magnitudes near or over 5. Sky condition were slightly exceptional..<>.Added
Note: Viewed Mars about day before, was completely fogged up in the country, but
intown sky was wide open, viewed under trees to fight dew, rewarded with nice
view of Mars using 80A Blue Filter, possible last glimpse of SPC (polar cap) as
getting small due to Martian Summer ..<>..
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