Thank you once again for all the great suggestions that were put forward! Thanks to BABO for the kick in the pants to get this posted. See the topic here: https://www.theskysearchers.com/viewtop ... =84&t=5506
I threw all the suggested targets into a random drawing generator on the 'net and hit the go button and
From my last observation of this object with a 12" dobsonian:
16. Thor’s Helmet, aka Duck Nebula -
(Bright Nebula in Canis Major)
Mag ??, size 10’ x 5’, SB ??
Observed: Jan 23, 2017, 21:21:50
Comment: Hopped my way over to the Big Dog and down to the location of this nebula. Found my field, and at 84×, nothing much to see, maybe a tease of brightening, but nothing definitive. Grabbing the UHC filter, I had a heck of a time getting it to thread onto the 18mm. Finally done, I re-inserted the eyepiece and put my eye to it. Oh my! There you are, my friend! Kind of hard to describe. I'm not really seeing a duck or a helmet, though I think it is upside down compared to most images. Kind of a bullet-shaped half circle? I believe I can pick up the "left-wing" of the helmet, only in my orientation it is on the right and pointing down. That's about all I’ve got.
So let's get out there and have some fun with this target, post back your visual observations or sketches and photos of
Have fun and wishing you clear nights!