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M57, The Ring Nebula, at high power

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#1 erick86

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 11:16 PM

Here's another from the Nebraska Star Party last week.  I was really hoping that I might be able to glimpse the central star.  High hopes!  But no dice. There were a couple of big dobs on Dob Row, in hindsight I should have wandered over there to see if anyone happened to be on M57.   Fun to try through my scope anyways. 

 

I sat on it for around 30 minutes, but couldn't quite pull it out.  Really amazing to look at the Ring Nebula at such high magnification for so long, I don't think I've ever done that before.  It was electric!  I was approaching a limiting magnitude of 15.9 or maybe 16.0 magnitude through my scope on this night. 

 

This was sketched with graphite pencils on white paper, scanned and inverted in Photoshop.

 

M57i.sm.highmag.jpg

 

Eric


Edited by erick86, 05 August 2022 - 11:17 PM.

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:09 AM

Beautiful rendering Eric! I love how the Ring seems to float in the star field. This object really does well under high magnification. Were you able to detect any color? The most I had on it the other night was 381x. Good on you for spending quality time with it. Certainly paid off. That you were able to capture the values so well.
Clear skies and dry paper,
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Edited by bphaneuf, 06 August 2022 - 07:12 AM.

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 09:25 AM

Eric,

 

​Very good sketch of M-57, (The Ring Nebula, at high power) smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 09:54 AM

Handsome drawing Eric,I especially like the very minute stars within the shell and immediately surrounding.Well drawn!          Michael


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#5 erick86

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Posted 09 August 2022 - 07:38 PM

Many thanks!

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