The Cocoon Nebula Notes and Sketch – IC 5146 – Cygnus

The Cocoon Nebula has been a difficult object for me.  I’ve tried many times over the years, but without success.  My location has always been from my moderately light polluted backyard, using a 10-inch reflector.  On the night of November 8th 2013, I was finally able to see the nebula and make the following sketch.   I used a magnification of 114x, however, the nebulosity would catch my eye a bit easier when using 57x.  A UHC filter was essential to see this faint and difficult object.  

To read the entire Observers Challenge, please click on the following link: OCTOBER 2013 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – IC-5146

IC 5146 - Cocoon Nebula

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