(IAAC) OBJECT: M76 INST: 16" Dob-newt

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 08/01/97 0755 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.0 (estimated) 5.0(est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  5
Moon up (phase?): Yes, thin crescent
Instrument: 16" Dob, 96%, 99% coatings
Magnifications:  123x,263x
Filters used: UHC
Object: M76
Object data: Planetary

This object looks a whole lot like the larger M27, with it's dumbell shape.
However, it is thinner, less 
"robust" looking, kind of like M27 went on a hunger strike. At high
magnification (263x), using a Lumicon
UHC filter, M76 sprouted two "antilobes" coming out of either side of it's
skinniest part. This was best 
viewed with averted vision, but looked kind of like broadening beams coming
out of it's waist. This was much, much weaker and less rounded than similar
large lobes surrounding the sides of M27.

- Todd
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