RE: (IAAC) Obj: NGC3132 - Inst: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200

Hi Jim,

FYI, the bright star in the center of this PN is NOT the star that produced the
nebula, see 


for a nice photo and explanation


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From: apache@galaxy.atmob.org [mailto:apache@galaxy.atmob.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 2:29 PM
To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog
Subject: (IAAC) Obj: NGC3132 - Inst: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200


Observation Poster: James (Jim)  Anderson <madmoon@bellsouth.net>

Observer: James (Jim)  Anderson
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 02212004/0505ut
Location of site: W. Southerlland Key, FL (WSP) (Lat 24.6, Elev 10')
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 6/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 8/10 <10-1 Seeing Scale (1 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 30cm, f:10, SCT, LX200
Magnification: 134X, 254X, 508X
Filter(s): O-III
Object(s): NGC3132
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 4+2
Constellation: Vel
Data: mag 8.2p  size 88.0" x 58.0"
Position: RA 10:07.01  DEC -40:26.1
134X-NGC3132 appears as a small roundish spot with a faint central star. 
It blinks moderately well with the O-III filter.

254X-NGCappears as an oval with a centeral star and a center area that is much
brighter than the background, the outer ring is bright and seems not very

508X-NGC3132 appears as an oval with a center star. The outer ring is bright
with direct viwsion with the Northern Quadrant being weak, The center star is
easily seen with direct vision and is decrnable even with the O-III filter in
place. The O-III filter increases the contrast somewhat, but at 508X the field
is pretty dark and NGC3132 is reasaonably contrasty with out the O-III filter.
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