Basic object information
Name: M 57
Type of object: Planetary nebula
Magnitude: 9.0
Size: 1.4'x1.0'
Magnitude of central star: 15.4
Object classification: 4(3)
Description: Ring neb,B,pL,cE
Notes: Ring Nebula,central* var 14 to 16 mag,PK63+13.1

Catalog position for epoch J2000.0
Right ascension: 18h 53m 33.4s
Declination: +33 01' 48"

Constellation: Lyra

Basic object information
Name: IC 1296
Type of object: Galaxy
Magnitude: 15.3
Size: 1.1'x0.8'
Position angle: 80

Position information
Right ascension (J2000.0): 18h 53m 18.9s
Declination (J2000.0): +33 03' 59"

Constellation: Lyra

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Lakasenpelto, Imatra, Finland
Date/Time: 12/13.8.2004 0:50-1.18

Telescope: Newton 406/1830mm

Magn: 244x

Filter:

Field: 12'

NE Lim.mag: 5.7

Background sky: 4

Seeing: 2

Height: 53
Visuality: II, IV
Weather: +11C, random clouds

A warm-up sketch for the new observation season. Full darkness hasn't begun but M57 was still awesome. Famous ring structure was clearly visible with direct vision. NW and SW edges were brighter than other ring, especially NW edge was bright, sharp and eye-catching. Very faint central star has involved with faint nebula which conceals central hole. Central star was visible less than 10% of time. 15th mag galaxy IC 1296 lies 4' to west from M57. IC 1296 is only a faint haze without details.

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