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How to see nebulae in colour?

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8 hours ago, Ruud said:

The blue snowball looks pale blue in a 4". In a 6" it has an obvious cyan hue. For me it is the only nebula that shows any colour.

I managed to find it in my 8" one on a couple of occasions and in that it does indeed appear to have a blue hue.

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The Saturn Nebula and the Cats Eye Nebula also show colour when I have observed them through my 12 inch dob.

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To my eyes, the only deep sky items (other than stars) in the entire Northern Hemisphere that visually display colour are M42 (green) and, from a very dark sky, M31 (a sort of very indistinct yellow).  I think I have also seen a bit of blue colour in Omega Centauri too.

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