Eagle’s Eye

Eagle’s Eye

NGC 6804 a Planetary Nebula in Aquila
Sketch and Details by Ferenc Lovró

A faint little planetary discovered by William Herschel. It has a diameter of 1′, even at 71x it does not look like a star, but rather like a large, fuzzy little spot. By increasing the magnification, you may notice a slight elongation in the WSW – ENE direction. By some more careful examination, a slightly brighter central region is visible to the ENE, with a faint star on its edge, which I thought to be the central star. However, as I went on with the sketching, I started to notice an even fainter star in the middle of the brighter core area, first only with averted vision, later on with direct vision too, which I believe is the real central star of this planetary.

Right Ascension: 19h 32m
Declination: 9° 15′
Constellation: Aquila
Date/time: 2009.08.18 21:00 UT
Equipment: 12″ f/5 Newtonian
FoV: 14′ Magnification and filter(s): 250x
Seeing: 4/10 Transparency: 5/5
Location: Nádasdladány, Hungary
Observer: Ferenc Lovró


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