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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Blinking Planetary Nebula


Hi folks, I am reporting live from my roof observatory in Germany. I am now observing the Blinking Planetary Nebula PLN 83+12.1 in Cygnus using my 21cm Dall Kirkham telescope at a magnification of 200x. This planetary nebula is really small and faint (9.8mag), however it clearly differs from its neighbour 10.30mag star. I think it's oval, isn't it? The seeing conditions do not permit more "zoom" tonight. If I could, I would go up to 500x.. maybe next time.. cs px

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