I’m a big fan of all nebulae and I’m a big fan of observing the brightest of every type of DSO. That leads me to Herbig-Haro objects, which are very unique considering they are formed when narrow jets of gas are ejected by newly born stars collide with nearby clouds of gas and dust at high speeds. In late 2018 I saw my first one – HH12 – in the complex region around NGC 1333 on the border between Perseus, Taurus, and Aries. In the October 2019 Sky & Telescope, my friend Richard Wilds wrote about HH12 and the others in the area saying, “Bear in mind that Herbig-Haro objects are difficult targets because they’re small. They’re also faint. Many are often overlooked in nebula observing sessions because they don’t always appear nebulous, but they’re well worth the effort.”
I recently learned of another “bright” one – HH1 – in the 2020 edition of the RASC Observer’s Handbook. In was listed on p322 in their section titled Deep-Sky Challenge Objects. After digging around on the Internet for an image of it, I ran across this phenomenally complex-looking image. And it showed an even brighter Herbig-Haro object – HH2 – just a little further south. Considering they both lie right next to the (7x35 binocular visible) reflection nebulae NGC 1999 (I never knew!!), I’ve been dying to take a look at them in my vintage Meade 10-inch SCT ever since a friend bought me my copy of the Observer’s Handbook two months ago! I finally made it out and found that HH2 was visible as a small, nonstellar glow of even brightness at 153x while HH1 was only (and barely) visible at 322x.
So here is my question. Are there any other HH objects that should be bright enough for me to see? On the Wikipedia page for them, it mentions that “Over 400 individual HH objects or groups are now known” and that “Herbig–Haro object HH32 is one of the brightest HH objects.” Does anybody have any other ones for me to savor the view of? Thanks in advance!
Scott N. Harrington