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Eskimo Nebula (February 19, 2009)

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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:19 PM

I made an observation of the famous Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) in Gemini on February 19, 2009 (04:00 U.T.) using my 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain at 352x under average to good seeing conditions (5-7/10). The Eskimo Nebula is a bipolar, double-shell planetary nebula that is estimated to be >1,060 years old and is approximately 3,000 light years distant. It was discovered by the famous German-born English astronomer William Herschel in 1787. The inner shell is elliptical and bright with two blister-like potrusions (extensions) over it's southern section and measures 18" x 15". The outer shell measures 24" and consists of complex low-ionization features.

A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.

Links;
http://www.hawastsoc...ps/gem/gem1.gif
http://www.nasa.gov/...eature_762.html
http://www.noao.edu/...vers/n2392.html

Carlos

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#2 Andreas.V

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:32 PM

Thats very very nice!

BEAUTIFUL!

#3 CarlosEH

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 03:55 PM

Andreas,

Thank you for the compliment on my Eskimo Nebula. This is one of my favorite planetary nebula to observe. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 04:31 PM

Is on the list The Eskimo Nebula! It Looks very exiting! Its pretty small right?

#5 frank5817

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 10:54 PM

Carlos,

To use a word from the time of Shakespeare, this is a pulchritudinous sketch of a favorite planetary nebula. You are using the perfect scope to get a large detailed look. :cool: :bow: :rainbow:

Frank :)

#6 Tommy5

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:33 PM

very nice sketch this nebula, the background stars also look very realistic.

#7 JayinUT

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 03:00 AM

Carlos,

Another wonderful sketch! I really enjoy Planetary Nebula. Have you ever observed NGC 1535 in Eridanus? Some say it is similar to the Eskimo. I did an observation tonight of it and a sketch. If you like the Eskimo, you'd like this one.

Here is a link to a photograph:
NGC 1535

Thanks for sharing and good luck in each of your observations and sketches.

#8 Vincent Becker

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 04:42 AM

Excellent sketch! I "discovered" this nebula with my
8" Newtonian two days ago and your sketch shows rellay well what can be seen .

#9 CarlosEH

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 11:57 AM

Thank you all for the compliments on my Eskimo Nebula observation. This is one of my favorite planetary nebula to observe. I find the detail noted at higher magnification very interesting.

Jay- The image of NGC 1535 in Eridanus that you provided does give the appearance of the Eskimo Nebula. I will have to examine this planetary in detail soon. Thank you for the suggestion.

The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

#10 Odin

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 03:17 PM

Excellent rendition of the Nebula... Very realistic to the views I've experienced over the years.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 04:54 PM

Carlos,

A fine rendering with a delicate outer shell.
Excellent!

#12 CarlosEH

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:01 PM

Odin,

Thank you for the compliment on my Eskimo Nebula observation. This is a favorite DSO for me. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos


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