Observation by Alan Thomas: NGC7009 Planetary Nebula (Saturn Nebula)...

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Alan Thomas


Alan Thomas


2022 Aug 07 - 22:58


2022 Aug 08 - 10:10


The Saturn Nebula (NGC7009)

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Field centre

RA: 21h04m
Dec: -11°22'
Position angle: -13°05'

Field size

0°19' × 0°13'

  • Unistellar eQuinox 112mm reflector



Norbreck Observatory, Warrington, Cheshire, UK.

Target name

NGC7009 Planetary Nebula in Aquarius


NGC7009 Planetary Nebula (Saturn Nebula) in Aquarius

About this image

Also known as the Saturn Nebula, this interesting planetary nebula was discovered by William Herschel in Sept 1782. The resemblance to Saturn comes from the presence of ring-like 'handles' on either side of the nebula.

This image displays a large, bright, slightly-flattened disk, with the 'ring' faintly but convincingly shown - a surprising and rather delightful sight - but no sign of the 11.5 mag. central white dwarf.

Distance uncertain but perhaps 2-5,000ly. Apparent mag. 8.0.

Bortle 7/8, Moon waxing gibbous 77%, 10 days old, low in SW, light cloud.

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