Quote:NGC 1999, reflection nebula in Orion: This is just over a degree south-south-east of the Orion Nebula. Requires fairly dark skies to be seen well, but was good tonight. I had been made aware of this object recently at last year's Heart of America Star Party in Missouri. It was round and of moderate contrast, with a dark patch suggested at 120x. At 250x this patch was seen with direct vision, and was very explicit with a small amount of averted. It had an uneven, three-pronged, roughly triangular outline. The reflection nebula brightened abruptly just on the east-edge of the dark patch, before the intensity fell to zero. A star was located near one edge. A weird object, especially since the dark region apparently is not a dust cloud, but an actual hole in the reflection nebula!
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