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IC 5217 The Little Saturn Nebula

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#1 Asbytec

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Posted 30 October 2021 - 05:29 AM

Inspired by a thread in the Deep Sky Observing forum and still hankering for some proto planetary nebulae, I got a chance to observe IC 5217 last night before Lacerta sets in the west as the year ends. My gosh, yea, it's pretty small and star like. I crept up on it at 66x just to get into the star field. I knew one of those stars was the nebula. So I crept ever higher eventually settling on 600x with 8" f/6, APM 10mm UFF, and ES 5x focal extender. Seeing was not all that great, my star images only occasionally condensed into tiny pin points. With IC 5217, I dared not try a UHC filter at 600x. I found the basically north south elongation obvious, described as an unresolved double star lacking the figure 8 pinch. I could see both lobes with the slightest trace of bifurcation (made a little easier to see in the sketch). But, nothing at all like it's namesake(?) "the Little Saturn Nebula". Nope, not at all. Still, I've never seen it before. Now, I have. Nice observation tonight despite the seeing.

 

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Edited by Asbytec, 30 October 2021 - 05:33 AM.

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Posted 30 October 2021 - 07:00 AM

Terrific effort and observation. I've always enjoyed chasing down the little ones,well done!


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Posted 30 October 2021 - 05:09 PM

Great drawing and observation report. I'll definitely be giving this one a try if i can catch it before it drops.
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Posted 30 October 2021 - 05:53 PM

One thing sketching might do is alert us to objects we can see. I hope you get a chance. smile.gif



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Posted 30 October 2021 - 06:12 PM

I've never really understood how it got this moniker, maybe big aperture? Either way,,that's how ive seen it.  Well done. Raul 


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Posted 30 October 2021 - 06:21 PM

Norme,

 

This looks like a tough target. Nicely done.

 

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Posted 30 October 2021 - 11:11 PM

It was kind of tough, Frank, in that it requires some magnification. Also because a lot of the time in average seeing, I really had a hard time seeing it as a small nebula rather than a star. All the stars were a little blurry much of the time.

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Posted 02 November 2021 - 04:49 PM

Norme,

 

Good sketch of IC 5217 (The Little Saturn Nebula) smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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