So @ 2am last night in very good conditions, I took up a search for my 1st view of the Helix Nebula. Very easily found in a 123 arc' TFOV, it seemed a bit dim and lifeless and I chalked that up to the big 6.4mm exit pupil exceeding the beneficial size for my 63 year old eyes. Moving the O-III to the SWAN's more friendly 5.3mm exit pupil, I got that THERE it is moment seeing filigreed detail at the interior and edges of an impressive, very extended patch of nebulosity. Enjoying the view a lot, I thought of the hair of my little sister's troll doll many years ago and the image stuck and brought a smile. Troll Doll Hair Nebula? Prob'ly never catch on. Ignoring the received wisdom about viewing the object, I increased power but only to 67x. That failed, providing a view I mentally noted as resembling a snot ball in space. So what to do but increase power again, this time to 133x? Man, that really killed the view. Now the fine object of a few minutes ago lost all integrity and resembled nothing more than lithium grease smeared on a pane of glass.
What can I say? It was late.
So with no disrespect to a fine celestial object, I offer new fodder to the terminology haters amongst us. Happy shooting! And good seeing to us all.
Edited by havasman, 22 August 2014 - 04:19 PM.