Flame Nebula – 2017 March 21 21:00

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Date and Time: 2017-03-21 21:00
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Diffuse Nebula
Object Coordinates: 05h42m33.6s, -01°50’50”
Constellation: Ori
Altitude: 49°

Object: Flame Nebula
Location: Columbus Dark Site
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing was great, transparency was still great.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: After the Orion Nebula, I decided on a whim to see if I could see the Flame Nebula, because supposedly it’s pretty bright, but I had never been able to see it with my 8, and it looked pretty faint in Mark’s 25″. Lo and behold, there was the Flame Nebula! It was clearly divided into two or three parts (my memory fails me here, but I think 3), and had an almost staticy appearance, like there was a subtle tv static overlay, but not moving. A very fine mottling, perhaps, but not concentrated in any particular area. Quite dim, but still relatively easy to observe.”

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