Messier M97


Messier Object Information

Messier object: M97
Common name for Messier object: Owl Nebula
NGC (New General Catalog) number: NGC 3587
Discription: Planetary Nebula
Located in constellation: Ursa Major
Right ascension in hours minutes: 11:14.8
Declination in degrees minutes: 55:01

Visual magnitude: 9.9
Size: 3.4 x 3.3 arc minutes
Image size: 31 arc minutes high by 41 arc minutes wide
Image orientation: North is top, West is right, East is left and South is bottom
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Observing Log
Date of observation: March 22, 2001
Time at end of first CCD image 21:20 PST
Time at end of last CCD image 21:41 PST
Observing Location: At home on the drive way
Observation of object: M97 is a large planetary nebula that looks like an owl face.
Sky Conditions
Astronomical twilight ended in the evening at 20:07 PST on March 22, 2001
Astronomical twilight started in morning at 4:25 PST on March 23, 2001
Observing Equipment

Fastar Celestron C-8 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with Fastar lens accessory and SBIG ST-237 CCD Camera
CCD image time: 32 - 30 seconds images stacked together
No guiding or PEC.
Imaging processing

Use Test patterns to calibrate monitor brightness, contrast, height and width