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Observations of objects of type "Planetary Nebula":

M27 (Dumbell Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Vulpecula)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 18-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Milford, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Oct 21 00:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2034

This evening my brother Anthony & I attended a local star party in Milford, Ct. The biggest scope at the star party was an 18" dob. In it we viewed M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. It showed nicely & we were even able to see its shape. We also viewed M31, M52, M81, M45 & M57. We also observed Uranus with its blue green color. What a great night of astronomy!

M57 (Ring Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Lyra)
Observer: lawrence (e-mail: noreply@gmail.com)
Instrument: 10-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: east bay, ca, USA
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Jul 21 06:05:20 2012 UT   Obs. no.: 1882

Appeared as a glowing smudged ball at 45X. Could see the central hole with averted vision. Could not see easily the small spiral galaxy to the left and slightly below the nebula. This galaxy is magnitude 14.8 or so. Try for it at Dark Sky sight

M57 (Ring Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Lyra)
Observer: Tom Greensmith (e-mail: tgreensmith28@hotmail.com)
Instrument: 10-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: London, Hertfordshire, England
Light pollution: severe   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Sep 22 22:20:00 2008 UT   Obs. no.: 1799

Nice, on lowest power an obvious ring, looks like an unfocussed star, whacked in the 9mm eyepiece and it was hard to distinguish much detail in the inner portion of the ring, no colour really visible, but still impressive.

M57 (Ring Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Lyra)
Observer: Joe Caggiano (e-mail: jcaggiano@mindspring.com, web: http://home.mindspring.com/~jcaggiano/)
Instrument: 10-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Aug 12 06:10:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1695

Beautifully visible at 48x with a slight elongation along one of its axes. With averted vision I actually caught the parent star once in a while.

M27 (Dumbell Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Vulpecula)
Observer: Joe Caggiano (e-mail: jcaggiano@mindspring.com, web: http://home.mindspring.com/~jcaggiano/)
Instrument: 10-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Aug 12 06:00:00 2007 UT   Obs. no.: 1694

Finally, a decent amount of detail is visible of the "apple core". Using a much larger scope broke the barrier between a hazy smudge and alot of disapointment, to alot of detail and utter excitiement. Best viewed at 48x with a nebula filter, the dumbell's shape was easy to see. Also a hint of green was visible throughout the nebula.

M57 (Ring Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Lyra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 16-inch equatorial reflector   Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Nov 3 01:30:00 2006 UT   Obs. no.: 1578

This evening, my friends, Mike Dzubaty, Steve Borer and I went to the Yale Observatory for a public viewing session. Since the moon was waxing gibbous, most our observing was the moon. However, we did observe the double star Alberio with the 8 inch refractor and the Ring Nebula with the 16 inch reflector. Alberio has the main componant which is a golden colored and a smaller componant which is blue colored. The contrast in the colors was great to see. To observe the Ring Nebula, we attached an OIII filter onto the scope's eyepiece. This helped bring structure to M57 and it showed the Ring Nebula as a soft bluegreen color. All in all, it was a fine evening.

NGC2438 (Planetary Nebula, in Puppis)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail: sriram_gubbi@yahoo.co.in, web: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=sriram_gubbi)
Instrument: 6-inch other   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Jan 22 23:15:00 2006 UT   Obs. no.: 1480

One of the objects I had never thought I could see. It was not visible with averted vision at medium magnification. I switched to high magnification. The rich background of M46 made things uneasy. Then I used Orion Skyglow filter and the nebula was barely visible through the filter + averted vision. It appeared a bit diffuse, unlike other NGC planetaries which appear as out of focus stars. Thanks to the nebula filter without which the planetary nebula would not have been visible.

NGC6210 (Planetary Nebula, in Hercules)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail: sriram_gubbi@yahoo.co.in, web: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=sriram_gubbi)
Instrument: 6-inch other   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Jan 1 05:30:00 2006 UT   Obs. no.: 1462

A very easy planetary nebula. It formed a sort of right angled triangle with two other sides with itself being the 'star' opposite to the hypotenuse. A greenish-blue disc, smaller than other planetaries. Dew and twilight did'nt allow further observations of the planetary.

NGC3918 (Planetary Nebula, in Centaurus)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail: sriram_gubbi@yahoo.co.in, web: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=sriram_gubbi)
Instrument: 6-inch other   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Wed Dec 28 04:20:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1457

This one is a good planetary nebula situated in a star studded region. The view of it reminded me the view of Uranus, representing a greenish, circular disc. Great object!

NGC1535 (Planetary Nebula, in Eridanus)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail: sriram_gubbi@yahoo.co.in, web: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=sriram_gubbi)
Instrument: 6-inch other   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Dec 26 23:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1455

All I can say about this is.... yet another greenish planetary nebula. The only thing was that I felt happy for seeing a deep-sky object in Eridanus.

M76 (Barbell Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Perseus)
Observer: Akarsh Simha (e-mail: akarsh_simha@fastmail.fm)
Instrument: 8-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: light   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: excellent
Time: Thu Dec 8 18:00:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1448

This appeared as a haze with a central bar. Quite faint. The bar appeared to be slightly thinner at the center than at the edges.

NGC7662 (Planetary Nebula, in Andromeda)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail: sriram_gubbi@yahoo.co.in, web: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=sriram_gubbi)
Instrument: 6-inch other   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Tue Nov 29 20:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1439

I searched this planetary nebula for about 30 minutes as there was a bad haze. Finally I gave up and just casually moved my telescope through the field and there it was! I used the Orion Skyglow Filter to confirm that it was the planetary. I appears bluish white. Cool object.

NGC2392 (Planetary Nebula, in Gemini)
Observer: Sriram.M.Gubbi (e-mail: sriram_gubbi@yahoo.co.in, web: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=sriram_gubbi)
Instrument: 6-inch other   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Fri Nov 11 04:35:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1418

Almost confused it for a double star as itt's very close to a star. I used the nebula filter to verify that it is a planetary nebula. It was quite unmistakable as it appeared slightly oval and irregular to my eyes.

NGC7009 (Planetary Nebula, in Aquarius)
Observer: Emil Neata (e-mail: forvert2000@yahoo.com, web: http://www.nightskyinfo.com)
Instrument: 6-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: No location given
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Oct 10 23:00:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1364

NGC 7009 (Saturn Nebula) is a spectacular planetary in Aquarius. At 50x is easily detectable from a star, but I didn't managed to see its characteristic, elongated shape. You can't miss it, it's the brightest object in a one-degree area. Using 120x I've managed to see its elongated shape, but no other details.

NGC6818 (Planetary Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Akarsh Simha (e-mail: akarsh_simha@fastmail.fm)
Instrument: 8-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sat Sep 24 14:45:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1342

This planetary is fairly difficult to locate but easy to see. It is about as bright as NGC 6210 in Hercules, but has almost no colour. Elliptical with a large eccentricity of about 1.2 or so. It is quite faint and requires averted vision even at 170x magnification. Comparatively large: About as large as NGC 3242.Identifiable comfortably only at 100x, where it is clearly different from a point object. This object neighbours two fairly bright stars. Even at 170x, field being about 15', I could still see one of the stars in the field.

M76 (Barbell Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Perseus)
Observer: Akarsh Simha (e-mail: akarsh_simha@fastmail.fm)
Instrument: 8-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Fri Sep 23 16:45:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1338

Saw nothing but a hazy patch of feeble light. This planetary is so faint that under city light pollution, it is hardly visible - even thru averted vision! A finder chart helped me to find the field, but yet I could see nothing in that field. After revision of the chart, and a little struggle with averted vision, I could see a fairly large, very faint object on the base of a triangle of stars. I couldn't see any detail and didn't bother to switch to higher power. It is easy to locate using Phi Persei, but difficult to see.

NGC6210 (Planetary Nebula, in Hercules)
Observer: Akarsh Simha (e-mail: akarsh_simha@fastmail.fm)
Instrument: 8-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Fri Sep 23 16:15:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1336

An easy, bright, tiny planetary. Easy to locate (I nearly found it in the first shot). The field shows three widely spaced bright stars, a faint star and a comparatively brighter "star" (NGC 6210) visible only thru averted vision at 80x magnification. However at abt. 100x, it becomes more clear that tbe "star" is not a star and its bluish colour is cognizable. The blue colour is not so intense - definitely not like NGC 3242 or NGC 7009. Very faint blue colour was apparent. Best view on my scope was at 170x (an eyepiece of 9 mm focal length gives me this), where it shows an elliptical disc of small eccentricity (and probably a few filaments???). No more detail could be extracted.

NGC7662 (Planetary Nebula, in Andromeda)
Observer: Akarsh Simha (e-mail: akarsh_simha@fastmail.fm)
Instrument: 8-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Fri Sep 23 16:00:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1337

Very bright, beautiful, quite large, slightly blue planetary. Largely in contrast to NGC 6210, it is nearly 5 times larger (I suppose). The field nearby is full of bright stars. The object forms a triangle with two fairly bright stars.The planetary is clearly distinguishable from a star even at 83x magnification. At 170x, it is a simply must see! It shows a nearly circular shape. Blue colour is very little, but much more than NGC 6210 and much less than NGC 3242 and NGC 7009. It stands up to its name: "The Blue Snowball". Very easy to find - I found it at first shot!!

NGC7009 (Planetary Nebula, in Aquarius)
Observer: Vedran Vrhovac (e-mail: vedran_vrhovac@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Velika Gorica, Croatia
Light pollution: light   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Sep 5 02:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1303

This night I was searching for M72 and M73 in western Aquarius. After finding M72 I started starhopping to M73. In first step I made big mistaked (stupid me). When I looked in eyepiece I saw bright fuzzy star. I told myself "There is M73." After pumping magnification I realised that this is not M73. After cheking location in Redshift Planetarium I realised that "M73" was Saturn Nebula.Saturn Nebula appeard small, very bright and elliptical.

NGC7027 (Planetary Nebula, in Cygnus)
Observer: Andrew Cooper (e-mail: acooper@pobox.com, web: http://www.siowl.com/)
Instrument: 46-cm Dobsonian reflector   Location: TIMPA, near Tucson, Arizona, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Aug 28 06:22:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1293

Small, bright, vivid green!! one fellow observer commented on emerald, I would call it a rich teal, central star to one side of a small fan shaped nebula

NGC6302 (Planetary Nebula, in Scorpius)
Observer: Andrew Cooper (e-mail: acooper@pobox.com, web: http://www.siowl.com/)
Instrument: 46-cm Dobsonian reflector   Location: TIMPA, near Tucson, Arizona, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Aug 28 04:10:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1290

Small, bright, a north-south central bar with fans of nebulosity extending east and west, in a nice Milky Way starfield

NGC7009 (Planetary Nebula, in Aquarius)
Observer: Akarsh Simha (e-mail: akarsh_simha@fastmail.fm)
Instrument: 8-inch equatorial reflector   Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Aug 6 22:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1310

This planetary is apparently very small, however, bright and conspicuous. Best viewed at high magnification. 170x magnification showed a slightly elliptical shape and Bluish colour (Aquamarine to be precise).Very easy to locate due to nearby Nu-Aquarii Star

M57 (Ring Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Lyra)
Observer: Vedran Vrhovac (e-mail: vedran_vrhovac@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Velika Gorica, Croatia
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 25 22:30:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1270

I tried to find M57 with 3" scope and I failed. In 8" it was bright and larger than i thought at 38x. At 133x it looked like eye with brighter edge.

NGC6818 (Planetary Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Andrew Cooper (e-mail: acooper@pobox.com, web: http://www.siowl.com/)
Instrument: 46-cm Dobsonian reflector   Location: Vekol Road, Arizona, Unites States
Light pollution: none   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jun 5 10:49:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1281

Small blue disk, even and featureless, maybe a little darker at the center, about 30" in diameter, no central star visible

NGC6563 (Planetary Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Andrew Cooper (e-mail: acooper@pobox.com, web: http://www.siowl.com/)
Instrument: 46-cm Dobsonian reflector   Location: Vekol Road, Arizona, Unites States
Light pollution: none   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jun 5 09:50:00 2005 UT   Obs. no.: 1279

An almost circular patch about 1' in diameter, no structure noted at 262x and OIII filter

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