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Observation by Mike Harlow: McNeil's variable nebula

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Mike Harlow


Mike Harlow


2021 Jan 12 - 22:00


2021 Jan 13 - 00:16

  • 12 inch F/3.6 astrograph
  • Starlight Xpress H16 CCD (2048 x 2048 pxl)
  • Astrodon luminance filter (400-700nm)

35 x 20 seconds


Ipswich, UK

Target name

McNeil's variable nebula


McNeil's variable nebula

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A quick look at M78 to check for the visibility of McNeil's variable nebula: it's still missing!  The tick marks show the expected location of the nebula with only a very faint smudge at the location of 'lobe C' visible (possibly just an image artefact?).  The anatomy and early history of McNeil's nebula is described in The Astrophysical Journal, 606:L123-L126, 2004 May 10.  Figure 2 of that paper shows what 'lobe C' looked like between 2004 and 2017.

The very over exposed core of M78 is at top left in this 20 x 20 arc minute field with north up.

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