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.

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Ring Nebula

  • Observed with: Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
  • Seeing: poor
  • Light pollution: below average