“Unidentified” Flying Nebula
Last night I went out with my 15×70’s to do some observing and hopefully catch some Northern Lights. While there were no lights, it was moonless so I did get some pretty quality observing in, specifically in the northern sky in hopes that I would catch an aurora. While I was focusing on Cassiopeia and Andromeda I noticed a small little gray smudge about one fist length southwest of Cassiopeia. I didn’t have my chart with me so I couldn’t readily identify it without pulling out my phone and blasting my eyes with the light. So I used my Pocket Universe app to try to identify it. My best guess is that I was looking at NGC 7662, the Blue Snowball Nebula. I’m not into astrophotography yet so I couldn’t snap a picture of it, but the best I can describe it would be a gray, slightly oblong blur to the southwest of the middle section of Cassiopeia. Please let me know if I got it right or wrong. I’m most likely buying an Orion Dobsonian very soon so that should shed some light onto this “mystery”. Peace out!