(IAAC) Obj: M42 (NGC 1976) - Inst: 4.1" f/5.8 AP Traveler


Observer: Susan C. French
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 2-6-97   7:30 PM EST
Location of site: Florida Keys (Lat 24.60, Elev 0 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: variable <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: good <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 4.1" f/5.8 AP Traveler
Magnification: 13, 7, 4.8 mm Naglers
Object(s): M42 (NGC 1976)
Category: Emission nebula
Constellation: Ori
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA 05:35.3  DEC -05:23
The Orion nebula is stunning, showing the full extent of the outer
arms in a complete loop as it sideswipes NGC 1980. Higher powers
showcase the extreme mottling of the bright central area, the
sea-green color of the nebula, the dark insert of the fish mouth. and
the comma shape of M43. With the 7 mm eyepiece, Star E of the
Trapezium is easily visible and star F is occasionally visible. With
the 4.8 mm eyepiece, F is much easier.
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