(IAAC) Obj: NGC 7662 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 09/14/01
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <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, 176x, 220x, 293x
Object(s): NGC 7662
Category: Planetary nebula.
Data: mag 8.3 size 2.2'
Position: RA : DEC :
Took a while too because it was at the zenith and took me to a bad position
lying down :-(. But what a beautiful sight. I couldn't find it with the 40mm,
and found it obviously not a star with my 30mm (30x). Blue looking without a
doubt. I jumped to my 8mm TV Radian (110x), definitely looked like a blue
ball. At 146x and 176x (6mm TV Radian) something interesting happened. I saw
a star nearby (the brightest star of the 3 in the picture - see link below)
with *averted* vision. The ball is still bright, much brighter than mag 9.0
would suggest and definitely much brighter than M57. Then, I used my 4mm Radian
(220x) and 3mm Radian (293x) - wow! Definitely, the right mag for the ball.
The thing that caught me was that I can now see the nearby 13.2 mag star with
*direct* vision. This observation that I can see better with direct vision at
high magnification really surprised me. Anyway, the ball looked blue all the
way up to 293x. There may be even a hint of the internal oval shape, but I
guess it was my "oval" imagination. No central star can be seen.
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