as of 04/22/2019 1:14 p.m.
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|Size||8 arc min|
|Catalog Designations||NGC6853, M27|
|Discovered||1764 Charles Messier|
The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!
The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.
The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.
Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.
We went on a mission up to Sedgwick with a group of friends and coworkers. OK conditions but the .8 meter provided good views as usual.
This was the first time I got a good look at the dumbbell Nebula. Larger than I expected, has a peculiar bow-tie shape to it. Near Zenith this time of year so the bad seeing near the horizon was lessened here. Very cool object.
Revisited to check the OIII filter on M27. It works wonderfully well on this object! The football shape elongated nebula surrounding the central 'apple core' is very visible with the OIII and the central apple core shows more detail with the OIII. Overall this object looks better with the OIII over the Ultrablock. M27 is another good outreach object, and with the OIII it is a great view even for first-timer observers.
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