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    Great talk tonight by Owen on the webinar. As someone who mostly observes things in the solar system, it’s easy to forget about these little beauties.

    What books do you recommend to learn more about planetary nebula and get some ideas of some planetary nebula to look for outside of the Messier catalogue.

    owen brazell

    Hi James, the list I would have is 

    Webb Society Deep Sky Observers Handbook Vol 2

    Night Sky Observers Guide Volume 4

    Hynes Planetary Nebulae

    Wallace – Visual Observations of Planetary Nebulae – available from Webb Soc

    Hartung – Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes.

    Cosmic Butterflies – Sun Kwok

    Eicher – Deep Sky Observing with Small telescopes



      Webb Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes

    Smyth – Bedford Catalogue

    Deep Sky Wonders – Houston

    Could not recommend

    Planetary Nebulae and how to Observe Them – too many errors.

    Mr Jack Martin
    Stewart Moore

    Hello James,

    I agree with Owen’s list and don’t think there are any other books I’d add. Many past editions of The Deep Sky Observer (the Webb Society in-house journal) will be found to contain articles on planetaries so it’s well worth joining Webb!  Also, if you use the Uranometria star atlas then the associated Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria (Willmann-Bell) gives useful short summaries of planetaries appearing in the atlas.

    Hope this helps, Stewart

    Nick Hewitt

    Owen’s list is pretty comprehensive ( as we would expect). My only addition(s) would be the Stephen James O’Meara series from Cambridge. “The Secret Deep” and “Hidden Treasures“ have expansive entries on PNs. The first volume on the Messier objects is not really needed and the second ( the C……… objects) has a few. Some may be irritated by the rather idiosyncratic nicknames on offer but the meat of the info is good.

    owen brazell

    Yes I had forgotten the O’Meara series and there is some good information in them. Also in the Annals of the Deep Sky series from Willmann-Bell there is extensive coverage of some planetary nebulae, as well as many other kinds of deep sky object.

    Daryl Dobbs

    The book by Sue French also called Deep Sky Wonders has quite a good selection of planetary nebulae. The Walter Scott Huston book of the same name not only commands eye watering prices second hand as it’s well out of print but is a totally different book to Sue French’s. 

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