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(IAAC) Obj: Minkowski 2-51 - Inst: 12.5" Meade Starfinder Dobsonian



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Observation Poster: Mike Hodgson <mike@63chequerfield.freeserve.co.uk>

Observer: Mike Hodgson
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 30/5/00 130 UT
Location of site: Pontefract - England (Lat 53 N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.2 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 12.5" Meade Starfinder Dobsonian
Magnification: 61, 90, 122, 180, 228, 456
Filter(s): LPR, O III
Object(s): Minkowski 2-51
Category: Planetary nebula.
Class: 
Constellation: CEPHEUS
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
VERY SURPRISED TO SEE THIS AS SKY WAS NOT TOTALLY DARK TOWARD THE NORTH WHERE 
THIS OBJECT WAS AT THE TIME.
IT WAS FAIRLY EASY TO SEE WITH OR WITHOUT THE OIII FILTER.
COULD SEE THE NEBULA AT 122X BUT NEEDED 228X TO SEE THAT IT IS DECIDEDLY OVAL.
COULD ALSO SEE FAINT FIELD STARS BUT ONLY WHEN OIII FILTER REMOVED.
A MAG 13.5 STAR IS QUITE CLOSE (25") SOUTH.
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