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INTRODUCTION AND PAGE ONE  OF REPORTS (Pg 1 of 15):

Right Ascension covered: 00h 00m 00s to 05h 26m 59s

Update 06/30/2001: Kent Wallace has supplied 300 observing reports using his 8" f/10 SCT.  These reports are included in one file, and it is available to download via FTP.  Here is a link to the FTP information page.

Update 06/20/00: An additional 494 reports have been added from Kent Wallace!  These observations were done over a period of a couple of years with Kent's 20" f/5 Starsplitter telescope.  Kent regularly uses a dark sky site near his home in central California.  These reports are also linked from the SEC database pages.  Thanks again, Kent!

Update 11/01/99: Kent Wallace, a PN observer who resides in Atascadero, California, recently send me a package of observing reports that he compiled while visiting Western Australia earlier this year. During this observing trip, Kent took along his 8" Celestron SCT and his collection of nebula filters.  Kent, along with Steve Gottlieb, is the compiler of the SEC database used here on the site.  As of the first of November, 1999, all of these 98 Southern Sky observing reports have been added to this section and each report has been linked to the applicable object in the SEC database. Its a pleasure to receive these reports from Kent, and I send along my thanks for sharing them with us!

Unless otherwise noted, these reports are courtesy of Steve Gottlieb, Kent Wallace and Maurice Clark (Australia).

Sometime in the not too distant future (maybe 2011), I hope to have a "Forms" capable feature on this (and other) pages so that your information may be submitted directly via the Internet. But in the mean time, please email your reports to me at     blackskies    and I promise to put them here. I am doing some observing myself when I'm not working or working on this site, so here is one of my observing reports.  This one includes a ccd image that I also took that night, but please don't hesitate to send in strictly visual reports. I'll use them right here! This can give you a general idea of the information to include in your reports.  And if you do submit something, you have my most gracious "THANKS!"

IC2149: Auriga; 9/29/97; Blue Canyon, CA; 10" SCT, Visual & CCD;Limiting mag 5.5; small, not too bright elongated E-W and found between two mag 6 stars near the star Pi Aurigae. Very little hint of bluish color and central star visible (at mag 10.5). The size of the nebula is approximately 10 x 6 arcseconds and has good surface brightness. Quite good at 125x, more detail seen at 192x. The OIII filter did enhance, but is not necessary to view PN. Image included (60 sec exposure). Image taken without nebula filter.
CCD Image: IC2149
 

Planetary Nebula Observing Reports From Steve Gottlieb, Northern California:
Update 11/13/99: Steve has sent in recent observations of 34 objects in 1999, and these updated reports have been incorporated into this section.

Steve has graciously forwarded his collection of  PN observing notes to be included in this section and I have begun to incorporate those records into the website.  Since Steve's records consist of more than 400 planetaries, I will be creating multiple pages with these reports, as I did with the PNe database.  Each report page will correspond to the respective data page; that is, there will be a reports page that covers the Right Ascension grouping of 00h to 05h 26m 59s to correspond with that particular data page.
The following paragraph begins Steve's observation log:
 
I have observing notes on over 450 planetaries.  The majority of these were made in the mid-80's when another fellow astronomer and I took up the project of observing all CGPN planetaries.  I've only included the name of the object, approximate position (2000) and my notes.  Some planetaries were observed in more than one aperture.  The scope I used (C-8, 13.1" Odyssey, 17.5" Sky Designs) are indicated at the beginning of the notes.  In a few cases, I have a date listed - these have generally not been keyed into my database, but I can always look them up.  Observations were made at one or more dark sky sites in or near the Sierra's in northern California, and also at Fremont Peak State Park, California.
 

Abell86, RA 00,01.6 DEC +70,43 MAG 16.7p CSM ? SIZE 70" on 08/20/95 & 10/14/95. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.  Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Abell1, RA 00,12.6 DEC +69,11 MAG 18.7 CSM 20.5p SIZE 46"x42" on 10/14/95. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Ngc40  = PK 120+9.1  View Image
00 13.0 +72 31
17.5: bright, moderately large, round.  Contains a prominent mag 11.5
central star surrounded by a fairly bright halo.
13: bright central star visible centered within a fairly small disc.
8: bright central star surrounded by easy halo.

Ngc40 = 00H13.0 +72░35' Cepheus
To the 8 inch G240x, round PN to the net contour. It is brilliant without filter and small size. One notes the part N and S more brilliant. It is degraded. The central is very well seen even with the OIII ! (19/09/98 T=1-2 S=2-3)
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

Vy1_1 = PK 118-8.1
00 18.7 +53 52
13: At 144x, appears as a mag 12.6 "star" in a rich star field, verified
with OIII blinking.  Appears non-stellar at 220x.  A bright double star ES
Cassiopeiae = 8.8/11.4 at 16" in the field 12' SW.

B_V5_1 = PK 119+0.1    VIEW IMAGE
00 20.0 +62 59
17.5: just visible without filter using averted vision.  At 220x and UHC
filter, visible continuously with direct vision, elongated 2:1 WSW-ENE,
estimate V = 14.5-14.9.  A pair of mag 13/13.5 stars is less than 1' NW.
First known visual sighting 8/30/86.
13: extremely faint at 166x with UHC filter and requires averted.  A pair
of faint stars is close NW.

BV5_1, RA 00,20.0 DEC +62,59 MAG 15.7 CSM 22.3 SIZE 15" on 12/26/97. At 134X & 169X, small disk, requiring the 0-III filter and averted vision. Good response to the O-III and UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. At 254X, could see the PN with averted vision alone as a faint disk elongated in one direction. Used the UHC filter to verify that it was the PN. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.
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Hu1_1 = PK 119-6.1
00 28.3 +55 58
13: at 144x appears as a barely non-stellar object, estimate V = 12.0-12.3,
bluish color.  Easily verified with OIII blinking.  Clearly non-stellar at
220x and a slightly elongated disc is visible at 360x.

Sh2_176, RA 00,31.9 DEC +57,23 MAG ? CSM 18.1b SIZE 720" on 11/22/95 & 10/16/98. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.  VIEW IMAGE

BoBn1 = PK 108-76.1
00 37.3 -13 42
17.5: at 225x unfiltered visible as a mag 15.0-15.5 stellar object.
Verified at 140x with an OIII filter although exhibits a relatively small
contrast gain with blinking.  Position also verified on the ESO-Strausberg
finder chart and located 24' ESE of NGC 166. Discovered in 1977.

BoBn1, RA 00,37.3 DEC -13,42 MAG 16.4 CSM ? SIZE 3" on 11/29/96. At 134X, can see as a faint star requiring averted vision alone but needed the O-III filter to identify it as a PN. Good response to the O-III and UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. At 169X & 254X, the description is the same as 134X except used the UHC filter. No disk is visible. The PN is easiest to see with averted vision at 254X. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

We1_1, RA 00,38.9 DEC +66,24 MAG 22.0 CSM >21b SIZE 19" on 11/12/95. Tried to find this PN but no luck. Could not identify field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

B_V5_2 = PK 121+0.1   VIEW IMAGE
00 40.3 +62 52
17.5: at 220x and UHC filter appears very faint, small, round, 10"-15"
diameter.  Visible less than 50% of the time with averted vision, estimate
V = 15.2-15.6.  Located 10' E of mag 8.2 SAO 11310 and close to a line of
stars.  First known visual sighting on 8/31/86.

BV5_2, RA 00,40.4 DEC +62,51 MAG ? CSM ? SIZE 40" on 10/13/98. At 134X, 169X & 254X, faint, unsteady, small disk requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Good response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Abell2 = PK 122-4.1 View Image
00 45 36 +57 57.4
V = 14.1;  Size 33"x29";  SB = 12.7
17.5" (11/6/99): at 100x using an OIII filter appears faint, fairly small,
round, 30" diameter.  Located 5' S of mag 8.3 SAO 21680.  Visible steadily at
220x using a UHC filter as a well-defined disc.  Appears brighter along the S
edge but this is probably due to a faint star superimposed on the S rim.

17.5" (11/1/85): faint but visible without filter at 105x, estimate V =
14.0-14.3.  Can hold with direct vision using an OIII filter.  Appears as a
fairly small, round, nice disc at 220x and UHC filter.  Located 5.0' S of mag
8.4 SAO 21680.  Two mag 10 stars are about 2' E and SE of this star.

13" (12/7/85): at 79x and OIII filter appears very faint and can just hold
steadily with averted vision, small, round.  Located 5' S of a mag 8.5 star
with two mag 9.5 stars near.

Ngc246  = PK 118-74.1 View Image
00 47.0 -11 53
17.5 (9/19/87): fairly bright, large, 4' diameter, annular.  Four stars are
involved including the central star.  This planetary has an irregular
surface brightness with subtle structure.
13 (11/05/83): fairly bright with filter, clearly annular, sharper edges.
N255 lies 15' SSE.
8: fairly faint, large, four stars involved, no annularity.

Ngc246
To the 13 inch G113x+OIII, it is very well visible as a slightly oval mass to contours net enough. One notes inside the cloudy the central star as well as 2 presence stars. Easy to find and object well diverse with OIII. (21/11/98 T=1 S=2)
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

PHL932, RA 00,59.9 DEC +15,44 MAG ? CSM 12.1 SIZE 720" on 11/22/95. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

WeSb1, RA 01,00.9 DEC +55,04 MAG ? CSM ? SIZE 150" on 10/13/98. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.  VIEW IMAGE

EGB1 = PK 124+10.1  VIEW IMAGE
01 07.2 +73 33
17.5: at 105x and OIII filter appears as a very faint glow surrounded by a
group of faint stars.  Can just hold steadily with averted vision.
13 (9/3/86): at 79x and OIII filter; fairly large, extremely faint glow
(possibly elongated) between two small groups of faint stars, also a faint
star is off or at the W edge.  Cannot hold steadily with averted vision.
Possible first visual sighting.

EGB1, RA 01,07.1 DEC +73,33 MAG ? CSM 16.5 SIZE 270" on 11/22/95. At 79X, extremely faint, large disk, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Poor response to the O-III and UHC filters but it is there. No response to the H-B filter. At 106X the view is best but ditto that at 79X. At 134X, the view is worse. No central star is visible. The PN is between two groups of stars. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

K3_90, RA 01,25.0 DEC +65,39 MAG 16.1 CSM ? SIZE 9" on 11/12/95. At 133X, very faint image of something using averted vision and the O-III filter. At 169X, better, very faint fuzzy requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. At 254X, best, looks lke a small fuzzy disk using the UHC filter and averted vision. Good response to the O-III and UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. This is a first known visual sighting. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Simeiz22 = Sim22 , Sharpless 2_188, Sh2_188
 RA 01,30.7 DEC +58,22 MAG ? CSM 17.4 SIZE 340" on 11/12/95. At 79X, large faint blob in a group of stars, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Good response to the O-III filter. Fair response to the UHC filter. No response to the H-B filter. Best at 106X but ditto as appearance at 79X. This is a first known visual sighting. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector. 
Here are a couple more observations, Doug.  It's not an easy object,
but doable in a dark sky and larger scope. (Received from Steve Gottlieb, 12/20/2007)
17.5" (12/11/99): At 100x and OIII filter, a large, low surface
brightness glow is visible, elongated ~E-W and at least 5' in length. 
The southern edge has a more well-defined edge.  Located in a rich
Milky Way field.
17.5" (12/16/95): picked up at 100x without filter as a very low
surface brightness haze, elongated E-W and involved with five mag 13-14
stars.  Difficult to identify with certainty as located in a rich Milky
Way field with other hazy patches.  Confirmed with OIII filter which
gives a moderate contrast enhancement and brings out some structure. 
The 4' strip tapers down at the west end and broadens on the following
end and then abruptly curves towards the north.
  VIEW IMAGE

M1_1 = PK 130-11.1
01 37.3 +50 28
13: at 166x appears as a mag 14 quasi-stellar object with a mag 12 star 47"
E.  Weak response to UHC blinkling.  A small disk about 4"-5" diameter is
visible at 332x. 10/10/86

Ngc650 ( NGC651 ) = PK 130-10.1 =  M76  = Little Dumbbell  View Image
01 42.3 +51 34
17.5: bright, fairly large, consists of two prominent irregular lobes with
a darker center; the SW lobe is brighter with a straight edges while the NE
lobe has a slightly curved edge.  Very unusual appearance as extending from
the main body is a large halo which contains two large outer arms or wings
like a spiral galaxy!  The outer "arm" attached at the NE end is brighter
and longer and curves to the W.  The southern extension is short, fainter,
and less defined.
13: SW end is brighter while the NE end is slightly curved.  Boxy
appearance with a dark center.

Ngc650, Ngc 651 M76
The " Small Dumbbell ", to the 8 inch G123x, it is relatively brilliant and large. One notes well the two perception lobes cut in two by a somber channel. The utilization of the filter OIII improves clearly the image. All time to this opening external handles are invisible, they are visible in a good T400. M76 is accessible to the T115 but feebly. ( 09/09/1997 T=2 S=3 )
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

We2_5, RA 01,42.6 DEC +60,10 MAG ? CSM ? SIZE 195" on 10/16/98. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Did identify the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.  VIEW IMAGE

B_V5_3 = PK 131-5.1  VIEW IMAGE
01 53.0 +56 24
17.5: at 220x without filter; very faint, fairly small.  Estimate V =
14.2-14.5 and appears slightly fainter than similar Abell 2.  Easier with
Daystar 300 filter but not a dramatic contrast gain.  A mag 10.5 star is
50" E of center.
13: at 166x with Daystar 300, very faint, small, round, definite with
averted.  A brighter mag 10 star 40" E forms the E vertex of three mag 10
stars about 10' separation.

BV5_3, RA 01,53.0 DEC +56,24 MAG 15.0 CSM 18.0b SIZE 30" on 10/13/98. At 134X & 169X a nice small uniformly bright disk requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Good response to the O-III filter. Fair response to the UHC filter. No response to the H-B filter. At 254X, could see the PN with averted vision alone as a very faint disk. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. There are two relatively bright stars next to the PN. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

IC1747  = PK 130+1.1 View Image
01 57.6 +63 19
13 (12/7/85): at 166x without a filter appears moderately bright, very
small, round, about 12" diameter.  Takes 360x but no structure is visible.
Surrounded by three mag 13 stars 0.8' N, 1.0' SW and 1.3' E of center.
Three collinear mag 11 stars oriented SSW-NNE begin 3' NE.
8: just non-stellar at 125x.  Definite disk at 220x and possibly slightly
elongated NW-SE.  Three mag 11 stars on a line to the NE.

Ic1747  = Pk130+1.1 = 01H57.35 +63░19'    
cloudy planetary to identify by blinking to 48x. TO 123x+OIII, it appears
round brilliant a homogeneous flash. TO 240x, it is slightly granular but
without details, the disc is well defined. ( T=2 S=2 29/01/98 )
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

K3_91, RA 01,58.6 DEC +66,34 MAG 21.0 CSM >20.5 SIZE 10" on 11/22/95. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.  VIEW IMAGE

M1_2 = PK 133-8.1
01 58.8 +52 54
17.5: at the position shown on the P-K photo is a mag 13.5 "star" which
does not respond to OIII, UHC or H▀ filters.  I likely viewed the bright
mag 13.5 central star.

M1_2, RA 01,58.8 DEC +52,54 MAG 14.9 CSM 13.4 SIZE stellar, on 10/13/98. At 134X, 169X & 254X, can see as a faint star. There is a small increase in brightness when using the O-III filter. Fair response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

K3_92, RA 02,03.7 DEC +64,58 MAG 16.7 CSM 20.6 SIZE 12" on 10/08/96. At 254X, small fuzzy disk, a bit unsteady, requiring the UHC filter and averted vision. Good response to the UHC & O-III filters. No response to the H-B filter. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. This is a first known visual sighting.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.  VIEW IMAGE

Abell3 = PK 131+2.1
02 12.2 +64 09
17.5: not seen at 100x using 20mm Nagler with or without OIII and UHC
filters.  Exact position examined using GSC and ESO-Strausberg finder
charts.

Abell3, RA 02,12.2 DEC +64,09 MAG 16.0 CSM 18.8p SIZE 60" on 11/19/95. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

K3_93, RA 02,26.5 DEC +65,48 MAG 17.7 CSM ? SIZE 10" on 09/04/99. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Did identify the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.  VIEW IMAGE

Abell4 = PK 144-15.1 View Image
02 45 24 +42 33.1
V = 14.4;  Size 22"
17.5" (11/6/99): picked up at 100x using the OIII filter as a very faint,
round, 20" disc.  The PN forms the NW vertex of an obtuse triangle with mag
8.7 SAO 38305 3' SE and a mag 10.5 star 1.6' SE.  Best view at 220x-280x
using a UHC filter.  Visible steadily with averted vision as a crisp-edged
disc of low even surface brightness.  Can be glimpsed unfiltered at these
powers.  Located just 40' ESE of the center of M34!

17.5": at 105x and OIII filter appears faint, small, round.  Can hold
steadily with averted vision, estimate V = 14.5-14.7.  Nice view at 220x and
UHC filter although visible without filter at this power.  Smaller than most
Abell planetaries.  Located 40' ESE of M34.

Abell5 = PK 141-7.1 = PNG 141.7-07.8
02,52.2 +50,36
MAG 16.0p SIZE 134"x121" on 03/03/97 & 11/27/99.  Tried to find this PN but
nad no luck.  Tried the O-III, UHC & H-B filters at 79X, 134X & 169X.  Did
identify the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Lo1    VIEW IMAGE
02 57.0 -44 10
Mag=? Size = 373"; on 01/19/99 and 02/18/99. Tried to find this planetary nebula but had no luck.
Kent Wallace, Western Australia, 8" SCT.

Abell6 = PK 136+4.1 View Image
02 58.9 +64 30
17.5: not seen at 100x using 20mm Nagler with or without OIII and UHC
filters.  Exact position examined using GSC and ESO-Strausberg finder
charts.

Abell6, RA 02,58.9 DEC +64,30 MAG 15.0 CSM 19.6p SIZE 188"x174" on 11/19/95. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

HFG1 = PK 136+5.1    VIEW IMAGE
03 03.8 +64 54
17.5 (11/1/86): at 83x and OIII filter appears very large, very diffuse,
requires averted vision, at least 7' diameter.  Mag 9 SAO 12574 is off the
SW end about 7' from the center of the planetary.
13 (10/10/86): at 62x and OIII filter appears a very faint, extremely large
low surface brightness glow requiring averted vision.  Can hold steadiliy
at least 80% of time.  Several faint stars are superimposed, and a mag 9
star is off the SW edge.

HFG1, RA 03,03.8 DEC +64,54 MAG ? CSM 13.4 SIZE 500" on 02/28/97. At 79X, very large, faint blob, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Fair response to the O-III filter. Poor response to the UHC filter. No response to the H-B filter. Couldn't see anything at 133X. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

IC289 = PK 138+2.1 View Image
03 10.3 +61 19
13: at 79x and OIII filter appears faint, small, round.  At 166x and UHC
filter can just hold steadily with averted vision, fairly small, almost
round.
8: at 100x and UHC filter this planetary is very faint, very small.
Situated near the tip of two converging rows of mag 10-12 stars.  Several
difficult sightings from El Cerrito!

HDW2 = PK 138+4.1 = PN G 138.1+04.1  VIEW IMAGE
03,11.0 +62,48
MAG ? SIZE 340" on 11/27/99.  Tried to find this PN but had no luck.  Did
identify the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

HDW3 = PK 149-9.1 = PN G 149.4-09.2    VIEW IMAGE
03,27.3 +45,24
MAG ? SIZE 540" on 11/27/99.  Tried to find this PN but had no luck.  Did
identify the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.


Ngc1360 = PK 220-53.1 = E482-PN7 View Image
03 33.3 -25 51
17.5: very bright, elongated 3:2 SSW-NNE, 6'x4' diameter, very bright
central star mag 10.5-11, almost even surface brightness.  Very impressive
planetary with or without OIII filter.

Ngc1360 - Pk 220-53.1 = 03H33.3 -25░51' Stoves
To the 13 inch G75x+OIII, large planetary cloudy arrogance that appears oval on an axis - SW, the central star is not well visible. A cloudy planetary easy to find but it is again too fundamental in declination to well to be appreciated. (21/11/98 T=1 S=2)
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

K3_94 = PK 142+3.1
03 36.1 +60 04
17.5: at 140x and UHC filter appears extremely faint, very small disc is
visible about 5"-8" diameter.  Situated just 25" NE of a mag 13.5 star
which interferes with viewing.  Estimate V = 15.0-15.5.  Located 8' ENE of
mag 6.5 star (close double …400 = 6.9/7.9 at 1.2").  Once exact position
known it can be just glimpsed for moments without a filter at 220x.

K3_94, RA 03,36.1 DEC +60,04 MAG 16.1 CSM ? SIZE 7" on 10/16/98. At 169X, the PN is very close to a faint star, the PN is faint, stellar, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Fair response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. At 254X, can see the PN with averted vision alone as a very faint star, requiring the UHC filter to identify it as a PN. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

M1_4 = PK 147-2.1
03 41.8 +52 17
13: at 166x appears as a stellar object, estimate V = 13.5-14.0.  Responds
well to OIII and UHC blinkink.  At 214x a very small disc visible.  Located
8' W of mag 8.2 SAO 24172.

HaWe5, RA 03,45.4 DEC +37,49 MAG ? CSM 17.7 SIZE 34" on 10/20/98. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.    VIEW IMAGE

IC351 = PK 159-15.1 View Image
03 47.5 +35 03
8: fairly faint, very small, slightly elongated SW-NE.  A wide trio of
stars is about 3.5' SE consisting of mag 9 SAO 56707, a mag 10.5 star and a
mag 12.5 star which form a small triangle with separations of 32", 36" and
58".

IsWe1 = PN G 149.7-03.3    VIEW IMAGE
03,49.1 +50,00
MAG ? SIZE 780" on 11/27/99.  Tried to find this PN but had no luck.  Did
identify the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Baade1 = PK 171-25.1 View Sketch
03 53.6 +19 29
13: at 166x and Daystar 300 filter appears extremely faint and near my
visual threshold.  Cannot hold steadily with averted vision, fairly small,
round, very low even surface brightness.  A bright right triangle of mag 10
and 11 stars is roughly 6' NE, with the NE vertex consisting of a wide 30"
pair.

Baade1, RA 03,53.5 DEC +19,28 MAG 15.8 CSM 18.7b SIZE 132" on 09/17/95 & 09/04/99. At 134X & 169X, faint diffuse disk, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Fair response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. At 254X, no central star was visible. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

IC2003 = PK 161-14.1 View Image
03 56.4 +33 53
8: moderately bright, very small, just non-stellar at 125x and a definite
disc is visible at 220x.  A wide double star is 3' NE (9.5/11 at 47"
oriented NW-SE).

Ngc1501 = PK 144+6.1 View Image
04 07.0 +60 55
17.5 (9/14/85): bright, moderately large, almost round, 1' diameter, high
surface brightness.  An easy mag 14.2 central star is visible.  Appears
darker near the central star with a brighter rim.
13 (1/28/84): slightly annular, very faint mag 14 central star.
8: fairly faint, moderately large, bluish, slightly elongated, sharp-edged.

Ngc1501 - Pk 144+6.1 = Giraffe
To the 8 inch G48x, without filter it appears round and diffuse. TO 123x+OIII, it is round to the very net contour. One notes its ring evident manner (Analogue to M57 ), better seen to 240x. ( 14/01/98 T=2 S=2 )
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

Ngc1514 = PK 165-15.1 View Image
04 09.3 +30 47
17.5: very bright, large, round, 2' diameter.  Contains a very bright mag
9.5 central star surrounded by a fairly bright halo with an irregular
surface brightness.  Located between mag 8.3 SAO 57017 8' NNW and mag 9 SAO
57021 8' S.
13: bright, fairly large, round, dominated by mag 9.5 central star.

Ngc1514 - Pk 165-15.1 = 04H09'17 +30░46' Bull
To the 8 inch G123x without filter it appears as a contrasted little cloud, very weak. The filter OIII improves spectacular manner the vision. It appears then round, large its luminosity is homogeneous. The central star is very brilliant. Accessible to weaker opening but with the OIII. ( 14/01/98 T=2 S=2 )
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

M2_2 = PK 147+4.1 View Image
04 13.3 +56 57
17.5: easily visible at 220x without a filter appearing fairly faint.
Using a UHC filter; fairly bright, small and round.

M2_2 Cam Nov  96, 12.5" F/6 Newt
Located using the spectroscopic barlow.
Then using the 10.5mm and 7.5mm  Plossls w/o filter.
v.ft, round, small, diameter 5" ( Hynes gives diameter as 12" which seems
somewhat too large ), brighter middle with soft edges, no sign of central star.
Larry Wood,  Edmonton Alberta

K3_64, RA 04,13.5 DEC +51,51 MAG 16.9 CSM ? SIZE 8" on 10/20/98. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Couldn't identify the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.


Ngc1535 = PK 206-40.1 View Image
04 14.3 -12 44
17.5: very bright, fairly small, high surface brightness, mag 12.5 central
star visible, blue color.  This planetary has a double shell structure with
inner shell slightly elongated and a faint rounder outer shell.  Small dark
gaps are visible around the central star.
13: at 360x the central star visible surrounded by two shells; a bright
annular inner shell and a fainter outer halo.
8: bright, greenish, fairly small, round.

Observing Report From Neal Galt (High Knoll Observatory, Southeastern Ariz.)
Last night (11-10-99) I viewed NGC1535 with a 16", and was taking time
to compare it with various photos and images (DSS, Doug Snyder's,
Vickers).  Not terribly impressive in the 16" and none of the images
available made me salavate.  However, I was feeling energetic, so I
cranked up the 36" (suffering from truss sag...and therefor collimation)
and used a 12mm Nagler.(that's 390X for those who can count).  The
following are excerps from my notes, partially readible between slobber
spots:
     "HOLY COW!  WOW!  WHAT'S THIS?  GOOD GRIEF!  IS THIS THE SAME
OBJECT?  WOW..........X33"
     I'm not sure at what aperture the transition takes place at, but
NGC1535 takes on a whole different view in a 36".......the central star
is bright and has a bluish tinge to it, with an inner circle distincly
dark grey and with a very distinct circlular boundry.  An outer shell
surrounds the inner and presents a hint of copper copper.  This, too,
has its own boundry, but is subtley more diffuse and lighter than the
inner shell.  All the images that I had available to me, paled in
comparison to the visual image.  Obviously not true with most objects,
but true in this case with what was available.

Ngc1535 - Pk 206-40.1= 04H14'15 -12░44' Eridan
To the 8 inch G240x+OIII, it appears round with a strong central condensation surrounded by a weaker peripheral ring, I do not note the presence of the central star of Mag12.5. It appears turquoise. Visible to the seeker 6X30. ( 14/01/98 T=2 S=2 )
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

K3_65 = PK 153-1.1 = PN G 153.7-01.4
04,15.9 +48,50
MAG 18.9 SIZE 2" on 04/01/00.  Tried to find this PN but had no luck.  Did
identify the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f/5 reflector.

K4_47, RA 04,20.8 DEC +56,18 MAG ? CSM ? SIZE stellar, on 11/21/98. Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

M4_18 = PK 146+7.1
04 25.8 +60 07
17.5: at the exact position (from GSC and ESO-Strausberg finder charts) is
a mag 13.5-14 star (this is the central star) easily picked at all powers
but which exhibits no response to OIII, UHC and H▀ filters.  At 105x,
appears to have an unusually weak contrast improvement using an H▀ filter
compared to similar mag 13.5 field stars although still dims significantly
using the filter.  This planetary must have very little or no OIII emission.

M4_18, RA 04,25.8 DEC +60,07 MAG 15.8 CSM 14.0 SIZE stellar, on 10/20/98. At 134X, 169X & 254X, could directly see the PN as a faint star. Fair response to the H-B filter. Poor response to the UHC filter. Little or no response to the O-III filter. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

K3_66, RA 04,36.6 DEC +33,40 MAG 15.4 CSM 15.4 SIZE stellar, on 11/25/95. At 64X, can see as a faint star using the O-III filter and averted vision. At 134X, can see directly as a faint star but required the O-III filter to identify it as a PN. Good to strong response to the O-III and UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. The PN is still stellar at 254X. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

Haro3_29 = H3-29 = PK 174-14.1    VIEW IMAGE
04 37.4 +25 03
17.5: at 105x and OIII filter; extremely faint and near the visual
threshold, very small, round.  Verified on P-K finder chart.  Listed as a
"possible PN" in SC2000.

H3_29, RA 04,37.3 DEC +25,03 MAG 15.3 CSM >18.6 SIZE 20" on 10/20/98. At 134X & 169X, a diffuse small disk requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Good response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. At 254X, could see the PN with averted vision alone as a very faint, diffuse disk, requiring the UHC filter to identify it as a PN. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

K3_67, RA 04,39.8 DEC +36,46 MAG 13.7 CSM 18.5b SIZE stellar, on 10/20/98. At 79X, 134x, 169X & 254X, can see as a faint star with averted vision alone, requiring the O-III filter to identify it as a PN. Strong response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

CRL618 = PK 166-6.1 = PN G 166.4-06.5    VIEW IMAGE
04,42.9 +36,07
MAG 18.0 SIZE 12" on 04/01/00.  Tried to find this PN but had no luck.  Did
identify the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f/5 reflector.

We1_2, RA 04,46.7 DEC +44,28 MAG ? CSM 20.9 SIZE 92" on 11/21/98.    VIEW IMAGE
Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

We1_3, RA 04,54.5 DEC +42,17 MAG ? CSM 21.0 SIZE 115" on 11/21/98.    VIEW IMAGE
Tried to find this PN but had no luck. Could not identify the field in the SEC finderchart. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

PRTM1, RA 05,03.0 DEC -39,46 MAG ? CSM 15.6 SIZE 23" on 03/01/97. At 133X, faint, stellar, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. At 169X, the image is better. Can see the PN as a small disk when using the UHC filter. At 254X, the image is best. Can see the central star with averted vision alone. When using the UHC filter with averted vision a disk appears. At 133X can see the stars on either side of the PN. Good response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. This is a hard one because of how far south it is. This is a first known visual sighting. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.     VIEW IMAGE

Abell7 = PK 215-30.1 View Image
05 03.2 -15 36
17.5: at 83x and OIII filter; very faint, extremely large, surrounding a
group of six stars, requires averted and concentration.  Appears as a hazy
region of very low surface brightness, no distinct edges.  Located 10' NW
of mag 8 SAO 150106.

MaC2_1, RA 05,03.7 DEC -06,10 MAG 14.9 CSM 16.7 SIZE stellar, on 11/22/95. At 106X, can see directly as a faint star but needed the O-III filter to identify it as a PN. Good response to the O-III and UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. The PN is still stellar at 245X. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. This is a first known visual sighting. Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

MaC2_1 = PK 205-26.1 = PN G 205.8-26.7
05,03.7 -06,10
MAG 14.9 SIZE stellar on 01/28/00.  At 100X, stellar, faint, requiring the
O-III filter and averted vision.  Good response to the O-III & UHC filters.
No response to the H-B filter.  At 200X, can see as a faint star with
averted vision alone but required the UHC filter to identify it as a PN.
Identified the field in the SEC finderchart.  The PN is between two 11th MAG
stars.  The PN is definitely brighter than MAG 14.9.
Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 8" SCT, f/10.

J320 = PK 190-17.1 View  Image
05 05.6 +10 42
13: at 166x appears moderately bright and barely non-stellar, slight green
tinge.  At 410x an obvious oval about 5" diameter is visible, elongated
WNW-ESE.  Follows two stars mag 13 1.8' W and mag 12 2.9' WSW.

Pk190-17.1- J320 = 05H05.60 +10░42'    
To identify by blinking to the 8inch G48x, to 123x+OIII it is brilliant and
contrasted. TO 240x, it unveils its turquoise planetary structure and seems
gradation. Easy to find with the uranomÚtria. ( T=1 S=3 21/01/98 )
Damien Ponsot, France  (Legend: T=Transparency; S=Seeing (1=Very Good, 5= Very Bad)

Abell8 = PK 167-0.1 View Image
05 06.6 +39 08
17.5: at 82x and 140x with OIII filter: extremely faint, fairly small,
round, surrounds a mag 13 star on the SE side, estimate mag V = 16.0.
Located 2.5' WNW of a mag 10 star.  At 140x without a filter a mag 15 star
is located about 20" NE of the mag 13 star described above.  Viewed nearly
at zenith.  Virtually invisible on the blue POSS print.

Abell8, RA 05,06.6 DEC +39,08 MAG 17.6 CSM 20.2p SIZE 62" on 10/16/98. At 134X, a faint diffuse envelope around a pair of faint stars, requiring the O-III filter and averted vision. Fair response to the O-III & UHC filters. No response to the H-B filter. The image at 169X & 254X was inferior to that at 134X. Identified the field in the SEC finderchart. I don't think this is a MAG 17.6 PN. Steve Gottlieb estimates the visual MAG 15.6 - 16.0.
 Kent Wallace, Navaho Flats, California, 20" f 5.0 reflector.

K2_1 = PK 173-5.1 = LBN 809 = UGCA100 = PGC 16765 View Sketch    VIEW IMAGE
05 07.2 +30 50
17.5: at 84x, faintly visible without filter among a group of stars,
appears moderately bright with OIII filter.  At 105x, clearly elongated
WSW-ENE, fairly large, more sharply defined at the NE corner.  Listed as a
bright nebula in the DSFG.

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