(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2438 - Inst: 10" f/4.5 EQ


Observer: Jeff Medkeff
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: Feb 23, 1998
Location of site: Rockland Observatory, Sierra Vista, Arizona (Lat +31.5, Elev 4550 ft.)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.3 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" f/4.5 EQ
Magnification: Up to 355x
Object(s): NGC 2438
Category: Planetary nebula
Constellation: Puppis
Data: mag 11.0  size 1.1'
Position: RA :  DEC :
At a variety of powers, including 355x, this is a smoky colorless and
circular planetary nebula. Reasonably large and seems to have a darker
area within its borders. There is a faint star (non-GSC) on its
following edge, and a fainter one almost centered in the
nebulosity. The neb appears almost annular, but if so, it is much
thicker in the bright parts proportionally than M57 is.

This pn is easy to find; look at the north central part of M46.
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