(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2392 or the Eskimo Nebula - Inst: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian


Observer: Steve Coe
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 24 Apr 1998
Location of site: Sentinel Arizona (Lat +33, Elev 1500 ft)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 7 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian
Magnification: 100X, 440X
Object(s): NGC 2392 or the Eskimo Nebula
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Gem
Data: mag 9.8  size 47"X43"
Position: RA 0710:294440  DEC +20+24-19:555553
At 100X this famous planetary is bright, pretty large, round and has a bright,
stellar nucleus.  Even at low power this is a lovely light aqua disk with an
obvious central star.  The difference between direct and averted vision is
almost startling.  Direct viewing shows almost just the star and averted
vision makes the disk jump out of the eyepiece.  There is a bright star to
the north and a fainter one to the northwest.

Using the 4.7mm Meade UWA eyepiece is a great view.  The central star is
still obvious and stands out from the nebula very nicely.  The disk is big
at this magnification and several dark, curved markings show the "face"
of the Eskimo.  There is a noticeably brighter inner disk and a much
fainter outer area.  This is an excellent view of this lovely object.
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