Re: (IAAC) Obj: M 42, Trapezium - Inst: 25" Obsession

... The central
>Trapezium having a distinct blueish-green cast to it and the
>outlying areas having a pinkish tint.

Last night myself and two other guys from the Dallas astro club went to the
club's dark sky site S of Atoaka OK.  I mentioned to them about the report
of color in M-42 and Jason Ware and another guy named Jason said they
thought they could see pinkish hue in the fainter region of the nebula with
my 20" f/5 Obsession (enhanced optics).  We didn't use "averted imagination"
either.  ;-)

We also saw (first time I ever have seen it!) the central star in M-57 (Ring
Neb) at 564X.  Both Jason's  saw it as well, and it was their first time as
well.  Seeing was very steady!  Believe it or not, higher powers improve the
contrast of fainter objects.

M-104 (Sombrero), Omega Centauri and Centaurus A were also spectacular.  The
mottley dark band was clearly visable (just like the pictures).

Clear skies,
Randy J. Rogers