Eskimo Nebula

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Eskimo Nebula
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 09, 2007 9:47 AM
I want to observe the eskimo nebula, but I don't know how I should start. Does anyone have a good idea oon how to do this?
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Posted by tkerr on Friday, February 09, 2007 11:52 AM

 scorpious42 wrote:
I want to observe the eskimo nebula, but I don't know how I should start. Does anyone have a good idea oon how to do this?

I'm sorry I am not quite clear on this question. So I will aproach it in a couple ways.  

First off, What size telescope do you have?

Residing in semi light polluted skies, with the use of my 10" Newtonian it is still only a small planetary nebula.. And only on exceptionally clear stable nights when it is at or near Zenith well above any light glow of nearby street lights, then I am able to use enough magnification so that I can make out the facial features of the eskimo or clown.(whichever you prefer) 

In my 6" refractor it only appears like most other small planetary nebulae, Virtually featurless but still an interesting and easily visible target just the same.  I've yet to be able to make out any distinguishing features with that telescope. But I won't let that stop me from trying.

So if you have the telescope aperture and the nights are clear dark and stable you can find it with a relatively low magnification. Once you find it then step up to the highest magnification that you can conditions permitting.

 


If your question is regarding how to find the Eskimo/Clown Face nebula (NGC-2392)

 

It is in the Gemini Constellation possitioned at 02°21'56" below/east of the Star named Wasat(55-Delta Geminorium).

It is a small magnitude 10.0 planetary nebula with an angular size: 0.7' with a magnitude 9.0 star in the center.

RA: 07h 29m 12.0s  Dec: +20°55'00" 

Click image to enlarge 

 

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 09, 2007 4:08 PM
Thanks for the info! I have a 12 in. meade schmidt cassegrain and fairly clear skies. I should be fine. Do you think a nebula filter would enhance the view?
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Posted by tkerr on Friday, February 09, 2007 4:29 PM

 scorpious42 wrote:
Thanks for the info! I have a 12 in. meade schmidt cassegrain and fairly clear skies. I should be fine. Do you think a nebula filter would enhance the view?

Depending on the amount of light pollution you have an OIII or UHC will enhance it making it easier to see.  If you have any amount of light pollution/sky glow even from the moon, an OIII filter will work. If you have nice dark skies a UHC will work.

 

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Posted by xtopher on Monday, February 12, 2007 10:33 PM

 scorpious42 wrote:
I want to observe the eskimo nebula, but I don't know how I should start. Does anyone have a good idea oon how to do this?

I found it easily tonight starhopping from delta Geminorum with an XT-8, 1200mm FL 8" dob. At 60x (20mm eyepiece) its fuzziness was readily apparent, at 80x (15mm eyepiece) even moreso, and at 133x (9mm eyepiece) was dramatically distinct. Doubling each of these magnifications by adding a 2x barlow allowed me to zoom in on it and begin to see the 'facial' features of the nebula.

It is immediately adjacent to (00°01'23" S of) an 8th magnitude star. Here is the map again:

Equipment: Orion XT8 Classic Celestron 5.5" f/3.6 'Comet Catcher' SNT Celestron C80, 80mm f/11.4 refractor Orion and Celestron 80mm f/5 refractors Cometron 60mm f/5 refractor 10-40x 60mm zoom binoculars Celestron 10x40 roof prism binoculars
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Posted by andybyrd on Sunday, February 18, 2007 8:56 PM

The easiest way to find the Eskimo nebula is get a LX200 and just push a button,  I had to put this in just for fun being ya'll done showed him how,    because last night i looked at it for agood 30 minutes.   it the first time I ever seen it.   and it was great,  well I guess the GoTo does take the challenge out of a lot of it.  but at 25 degrees out.  staying out is a bigger challenge to me.  well my new Dob may not have GoTo so I'll have to learn all this maping also. have fun 

                Andy

I like helping people. that like helping people Meade,LPI, Meade 178mm [ 7'' ] ED Refractor w/ CGE Astrosky 20'' Dob

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