Re: (IAAC) M57

>RA/DEC:  18 hours, 51.7 minutes.  32 degrees and 58 minutes north 
>(Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume Two) . 
>Description:  This is the famous Ring Nebula!  This was my second 
>attempt in finding it.  I couldn't get the ring; I only saw a faint 
>globe about 3' across.  It was beautiful!  A must see for everyone!  
>It was my second nebula seen, M42 being the first, the most famous 
>nebula.  I sure would like to see this in a light bucket

you don't need high aperture to view this object, M57 as a ring. i can
clearly make it out as a ring
in a 60mm scope.. 70-80mm is easier. It takes repeated viewing actually, a
view from a dark site, 
moonless night would have been better. You can try a nebula filter from the
city, which helps 
somewhat too..a UHC filter is best for that aperture.

- Todd
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