Observation by Grant Privett: McNeils Nebula Still Missing

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Grant Privett


Grant Privett


2020 Sep 26 - 01:00


2020 Sep 26 - 13:20


McNeil's variable nebula

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Field centre

RA: 05h46m
Dec: +00°06'
Position angle: -7°33'

Field size

0°10' × 0°11'

  • Celestron RASA 11"
  • Starlight Xpress Trius 694
  • Paramount

120s x1



Target name

McNeil's Nebula


McNeils Nebula Still Missing

About this image

Orion is coming round again so before closing down I thought I would just have a quick look for Mc Neil's nebula. It should be seen near the pair of stars shown, but is not even hinted at in this image. Its a variable nebula so always worth looking for - gives a great excuse to image M78 too.

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Mike Harlow
Mike Harlow, 2020 Sep 26 - 14:04 UTC

See also my observation of 18th August 2020.  I suspect it could be many years before it comes back...but, as you say, it's still worth checking just in case.

Grant Privett
Grant Privett, 2020 Sep 26 - 14:44 UTC

Yes, we may have to wait a while before its back - rather like Gyulbudaghian's neb at the moment. NGC6729 is much more active but less dramatic...

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