(IAAC) Obj: NGC 7009 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)


Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>

Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 09/15/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 22x, 30x, 110x, 146x, 220x, 293x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 7009
Category: Planetary nebula.
Constellation: Aqr
Data: mag 8.0  size 44" x 23"
Position: RA :  DEC :
Thanks to David Knisely's suggestion and armed with a more detailed printed 
chart, my TV-102 was able to nail the Saturn Nebula tonight.  The 40mm (22x) 
was good at star hopping, but couldn't really identify it.  My 30mm (30x) 
showed it as unfocused, blue star.  8mm TV Radian (110x) definitely showed oval 
shape.  146x, 220x, 293x all showed larger and larger oval shape and still 
remained bright and blue all the way up (and thus much brighter than M57).  No 
ansae  (I guess no medal for me :-().  Although, I ought to be able to nail the 
11.5 magnitude central star too, I was unable to.  Please note that it  now 
lies within the light polluted area of my sky.  Known as the "Saturn Nebula",
I guess my TV-102 called it the Oval Nebula instead ;-).

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