Ring Nebula

Observed:  Points: 10

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as of 02/08/2023 6:25 a.m.

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General Info

TypePlanetary Nebula
Right ascension18h53'34.900''
Size1.400 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC6720, M57
Discovered 1779 Antoine Darquier

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Ring Nebula

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
10 points

The last object for the night was the Ring Nebula in Lyra. By this time, some of the dinner guests' interest was beginning to fade. However, a few people's interest was still strong and they wanted to see more.

The Ring Nebula appeared as a very blurry round shape. No actual ring structure was visible, at least to me.

Dinner party astronomy session was a great success! It's rare that I am able to set up scope of relatively young crowds and hold there interest past the moon. But as as I mentioned earlier, these were some learned folk and already had some knowledge of the cosmos. That helps. I am looking forward to setting up for them again when new constellations are up.

Ring Nebula

4.5in starblast
0 points

Took 30 minutes to find this object due to an unaligned finder. The view was very underwhelming with the ring nebula only visible as a faint circle/oval. But with my only other observation of this object being in an 8in SCT equipped with a filter my expectations were always high.

Bright, clearly visible central hole. Much improved over my starblast. I got the best views with a 25mm, the ten millimeter proved too dark.

Extremely faint nebula. Averted vision helped to see a ring-like structure. Gray only, no color discerned at all.

Ring Nebula

Celestron Omni XLT 150
10 points

Faint smudge using averted vision. Can sometimes see a ring structure.

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