I was imaging NGC7009 (Saturn Nebula) recently, which is characterized by a set of "ears" flanking the nebula (so close, that they ended up making the nebula resemble Saturn in the earlier years of its observations). In reviewing my image, I noticed another "star" in the area that had this similar "flanked by ears" style. I went to the DSS (Digital Sky Survey) to see if it was just a processing fluke on my part, and the DSS showed a consistent result.
So what do you think -- is this other object just a star that is coincidentally flanked by two others stars from our perspective? Or is it a similar kind of nebula as NGC7009 (perhaps further away)? Note, the presence of diffraction spikes doesn't necessarily mean the object is a star -- any bright object will produce this kind of diffraction spike effect with kind of SCT scope (that uses spider vanes to hold the secondary).
In J2000, NGC7009 is at
RA 21h 04m 11s
The object that looks similar to NGC7009 is at
RA 21h 05m 03s
Edited by steven_usa, 10 September 2017 - 11:50 PM.