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(IAAC) OBJECT: NGC6543 (Planetary) Cats-Eye Nebula INST: 18" NEWT f/4.2




Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 2/7/99 9:30GMT
Location & latitude: 22 mi. West of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.5(estimated) zenith 
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best): about 3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, Gibbous
Weather: Mostly Clear
Instrument: 18" Stabilite Newt f/4.2 1925mm fl
Magnifications: Various ranging 82-434x
Filters used: UHC on and off
Object: NGC6543 Cats Eye Nebula.. Planetary
Constellation: Draco
Object data: Planetary
Size(s): 5.8' (observable central disk must be smaller)
Position: RA: 17:59 DEC:+66:38 
Magnitude: 9
Personal 'Rating' (at this aperture and sky condition): C+

The "Cat's Eye Nebula" sure looks complex in CCD photos, 
but all I could make out was a pretty blue oval at all
magnifications. I couldn't even make out the central star
embedded in the thick nebulosity. Distinct blue color especially
noticeable at low-mid magnifications. 



thanks! 
-Todd

Boston Meteorologist Todd Gross
toddg@weatherman.com
http://www.weatherman.com
(617)725-0777


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