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Sunday, December 05, 2010

In addition to importing images from many web resources and contributors, I'm gradually indexing  a large majority of the images and sketches that are on this web site, and have created these hyper-link tables and lists to allow you to select any of the 600+ planetary nebulae images appearing on these pages.   I must admit that a good majority of them are 'appropriated' from SkyView's Digital Sky Survey, which unfortunately was not optimized for the correct exposure for planetary nebulae and either vastly over-exposes many of them, or in the case of very faint PNe's, under exposes them or the imaging system was not optimized using the correct filters.  However, at the same time, in almost every case, you can determine what object in the field is the planetary nebula, it's approximate size, visibility, shape, and the nature of the field that it lies in.  The standard field of view for these DSS1 images is 8.5' (arc-minutes) square and DSS2 images are 5.5', unless otherwise indicated.

The layout of this page is such that the first table links all NGC numbered PNe Images (94), the second table links all IC numbered images (35), and then an alphabetical list of  all other catalog objects (Minkowski, Kohoutek, Abell,  Henize, Jones, etc). This is the list that will be expanded as I add more images.  There are currently  479 images in this particular list.
In a number of table cells, there are two or more images available: when the top designation has 'DS', that is an image that I took with an ST-8 CCD camera; otherwise the top designation links to a Sky View  image while the lower designation, if any,  suffixed 'HST' indicates an accompanying Hubble Space Telescope Image.  Designations with an 'SK' at the end indicate a sketch of the planetary. Designations with an 'SA' indicate an image by Scott Alder (Australia). I am very honored to have the best astronomical sketch artists provide this site with their works:  Michael Büchner, Bert Dekker, Rich Jakiel, David Knisely, and Larry McHenry.  There are also some of the best astro-imagers represented here also:  Ed Grafton, Al Kelly, Frank Loch, Kunihiko Okano, and Michael Purcell.  Other astro-artists and astro-imagers have contacted me about including their splendors of the night efforts, and I will certainly include them as soon as possible.

To view an image, click on the object designation line, and to return to this page after viewing the image, use your browser's BACK button.   Included in each table cell is also the constellation in which the object is found. These images are also linked from the web site's data pages.

Update 12/05/2010: Added color image of Soap Bubble Nebula (PN G75.5+1.7)   In Cygnus, discovered by amateur astronomers, including Dave Jurasevich!
Update 08/04/2004:
Added color image of MZ3 (Ant Nebula) - courtesy of Scott Alder, New South Wales, Australia.
Update 08/09/2003:
Added color image of NGC6572 in Ophiuchus - courtesy of Sebastien Caille (Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France)
Update 07/18/2003:
Through the courtesy of Mr. Adam Block, Lead Observer for the nightly and advanced observing public observing programs at NOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Kitt Peak) and on behalf of AURA (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy) and the NSF (National Science Foundation), I am pleased to include on these pages a number of LRGB (Luminance, Red, Green, Blue) color images taken by Adam and other folks that have taken advantage of Kitt Peak's Advanced Observing Program.  If you visit the AOP web site, you will find higher resolution images and the technical information about the images which are included here. Within the tables and the list, I have identified these 49 images with the suffix 'AB' for Adam Block. They have supplemented or replaced several of the poorer quality images of the NGC objects previously downloaded from the first POSS (Palomar Observatory Sky Survey) plates.  These AOP images come with this permission clause: "All images on these pages were taken at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center Observatory. The JPEG images found on these pages can be copied for non-printed and non-commercial use. Please use the minimum credit line as shown on each gallery page.
Requests for publication of any images should be made with Adam Block (ablock@noao.edu ). It is not permitted to print the JPEG images found here in any form. Requestors will be provided a high resolution (uncompressed) TIF image to print from upon inquiry."

Update 07/19/2002: New tricolor image of M27 (NGC 6853) by Dave Jurasevich.

Update 09/18/2001: In place of several over exposed planetary nebulae images from the professional surveys (POSS I, POSS II, etc), I am embarked on a project to image these PN's, mostly NGC and IC objects, that will show the fainter inner and outer structure, if present. This first installment includes the following objects: IC 289, IC 1747, NGC 2022, 6742, 6765, 6778, 6818, 6842, 6852, 7026, and 7027.  I have selected objects on survey plates that were over exposed and which were larger than 10" (arc seconds) in size.  As more objects come into view over the course of the year, and which I feel need to be imaged, I will add them to this page.

Another image added at this time (actually two) is of the large (720") and extremely difficult PN in Cassiopeia, Sharpless2_176 (Sh2_176).  I managed to observe this PN on the evening of 9/18/01.

Added 11/29/99: Through the courtesy of Tom Polakis of Tempe, Arizona, it is a pleasure to feature on this page, an 82 image mosaic of every Abell Planetary in the Abell catalog from 1966.  There were a total of 86 Abell PN's initially, but 5 of them have since been determined not to be planetaries (Abell 11, 17, 32, 76 & 85).  Tom created this mosaic from images he downloaded from the Digital Sky Survey and cropped to highlight the planetaries.  He has included a size legend on the image so that the approximate size of the PN can be determined.  In some of the images, the PN is so faint that it is not visible in these DSS images!  The Abell planetaries are, in most cases, challenging objects to detect and observe.  Many intermediate and advanced amateurs consider the Abell  objects the Ultimate PN challenge.  The file is quite large (about 217Kb), so it will take some time to load in its entirety, but it is well worth the wait!
There is also an associated data table now online which contains the data Tom put together  for these objects. It is linked to the image or can be accessed via this link.

Tom has his own web site in which he features pages on astro-imaging, deep sky observing, planetaries, and a multitude of other facets of astronomy.  It is highly recommended!

PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR SUGGESTIONS ON IMPROVING THIS PAGE AND/OR SITE! THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Doug Snyder

IMAGE INDEX OF NGC & MESSIER PLANETARIES
NGC40AB
NGC40

(Al Kelly)
CEPHEUS
NGC246AB
NGC246

CETUS
M76AB
NGC650DS

NGC650/651
M76SK
M76 PERSEUS
NGC1360
NGC1360SK
FORNAX
NGC1501AB
NGC1501DS
CAMELOPAR-
DALIS
NGC1514AB
NGC1514

TAURUS
NGC1535AB
NGC1535DS
ERIDANUS
NGC2022AB
NGC2022DS

NGC2022SK
NGC2022HST
ORION
NGC2242
AURIGA
NGC2346AB
NGC2346

MONOCEROS
NGC2371/72
NGC2371SK
NGC2371HST
GEMINI
NGC2392AB
NGC2392

NGC2392SK
ESKIMO NEB.
GEMINI
NGC2438AB
NGC2438

NGC2438SK
PUPPIS
NGC2440AB
NGC2440SK

NGC2440HST
PUPPIS
NGC2452SK
NGC2452
PUPPIS
NGC2610SK
NGC2610
HYDRA
NGC2792
VELA
NGC2818
PYXIS
NGC2867SK
NGC2867HST
CARINA
NGC2899
VELA
NGC3132
EIGHT-BURST NEB.- VELA
NGC3195
NGC3195HST
CHAMAELEON
NGC3211
CARINA
NGC3242AB
NGC3242

NGC3242HST
GHOST OF JUP.  HYDRA
NGC3587AB
NGC3587

M97:OWL NB.
URSA MAJOR
NGC3699
CENTAURUS
NGC3918
NGC3918SA

NGC3918HST
CENTAURUS
NGC4071
MUSCA
NGC4361AB
NGC4361

CORVUS
NGC5189
NGC5189SA

MUSCA
NGC5307
NGC5307HST
CENTAURUS
NGC5315
NGC5315HST
CIRCINUS
NGC5844
TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE
NGC5873
LUPUS
NGC5882
NGC5882SA

NGC5882HST
LUPUS
NGC5979
TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE
NGC6026
LUPUS
NGC6058AB
NGC6058

HERCULES
NGC6072AB
NGC6072

SCORPIUS
NGC6153
SCORPIUS
NGC6210AB
NGC6210DS

NGC6210
HERCULES
NGC6302AB
NGC6302SA

NGC6302

BUG NEBULA
SCORPIUS
NGC6309AB
NGC6309

NGC6309SK
BOX NEBULA
OPHIUCHUS
NGC6326
ARA
NGC6337
NGC6337SA

SCORPIUS
NGC6369AB
NGC6369SK
NGC6369HST
OPHIUCHUS
NGC6439
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6445AB
NGC6445

NGC6445SK
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6537
NGC6537HST
RED SPIDER
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6543AB
NGC6543SK

NGC6543SK
NGC6543HST
CAT'S EYE
DRACO
NGC6563AB
NGC6563
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6565
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6567
NGC6567SA

SAGITTARIUS
NGC6572SC
NGC6572

OPHIUCHUS
NGC6578
NGC6578HST
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6620
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6629
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6644
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6720
NGC6720HST
M57 RING N.
LYRA
NGC6741
AQUILA
NGC6742AB
NGC6742DS

NGC6742

DRACO
NGC6751
AQUILA
NGC6765DS
NGC6765

LYRA
NGC6772AB
NGC6772

NGC6772SK
AQUILA
NGC6778DS
NGC6778

NGC6778SK
AQUILA
NGC6781AB
NGC6781

AQUILA
NGC6790
NGC6790HST
AQUILA
NGC6803
AQUILA
NGC6804AB
NGC6804DS

NGC6804
AQUILA
NGC6807
AQUILA
NGC6818AB
NGC6818SA
NGC6818HST
LITTLE GEM
SAGITTARIUS
NGC6826AB
NGC6826

NGC6826SK
NGC6826HST
BLINKING PN
CYGNUS
NGC6833
CYGNUS
NGC6842DS
NGC6842

VULPECULA
NGC6852DS
NGC6852

AQUILA
NGC6853
NGC6853DJ

M27
DUMBBELL N.
VULPECULA
NGC6879
SAGITTA
NGC6881
CYGNUS
NGC6884
NGC6884HST
CYGNUS
NGC6886
SAGITTA
NGC6891
DELPHINUS
NGC6894AB
NGC6894DS

NGC6894SK
CYGNUS
NGC6905AB
NGC6905

NGC6905SK
BLUE FLASH
DELPHINUS
NGC7008DS
NGC7008MH

NGC7008
CYGNUS
NGC7009AB
NGC7009

NGC7009SK
NGC7009HST
SATURN NB.
AQUARIUS
NGC7026DS
NGC7026

NGC7026SK
CYGNUS
NGC7027AB
NGC7027DS

NGC7027

NGC7027SK
NGC7027HST
CYGNUS
NGC7048AB
NGC7048

NGC7048SK
CYGNUS
NGC7076
CEPHEUS
NGC7094
PEGASUS
NGC7139AB
NGC7139

CEPHEUS
NGC7293AB
NGC7293DS

NGC7293
HELIX NEB.
15'x15' FOV
AQUARIUS
NGC7354
CEPHEUS
NGC7662AB
NGC7662

NGC7662SK
NGC7662HST
BLUE SNOW
BALL NB.
ANDROMEDA
           

IMAGE INDEX OF IC NUMBERED PLANETARIES
IC289AB
IC289DS

IC289SK
CASSIOPEIA
IC351
PERSEUS
IC418
IC418SK
LUPUS
IC972
VIRGO
IC1266
ARA
IC1295
SCUTUM
IC1297
CORONA AUSTRALIS
IC1454
CEPHEUS
IC1747DS
IC1747

CASSIOPEIA
IC2003
PERSEUS
IC2149
AURIGA
IC2165
CANIS MAJOR
IC2448
CARINA
IC2501
CARINA
IC2553
CARINA
IC2621
CARINA
IC3568
IC3568HST
CEPHEUS
IC4191
MUSCA
IC4406
IC4406HST
LUPUS
IC4593
HERCULES
IC4599
SCORPIUS
IC4634
OPHIUCHUS
IC4637
SCORPIUS
IC4642
ARA
IC4663
SCORPIUS
IC4670
SAGITTARIUS
IC4673
SAGITTARIUS
IC4699
TELSCOPIUM
IC4732
SAGITTARIUS
IC4776
SAGITTARIUS
IC4846
AQUILA
IC4997
IC4997HST
SAGITTA
IC5117
CYGNUS
IC5148/5150
IC5148SK
GRUS
IC5217
LACERTA

 

Image Index of Non NGC/IC Planetaries (Alphabetical) 

Note that in the above list, these particular Abell planetaries are ones that do not have an NGC or IC designation. There are additional images of Abell planetaries in the NGC and IC tables:     IC972 (Abell37), NGC6742 (Abell50), NGC7076 (Abell75), and IC1454 (Abell81).

Credit for these images is gratefully extended to the following sources:

Digital Sky Survey, ESO (European Southern Observatory), Anglo-Australian Telescope, Kitt Peak, Dr. George Jacoby (NOAO), Dr. Howard Bond(STScI), Dr. Bruce Balick(U. of Washington), Al Kelly, Antonio Giambersio, Ed Grafton, Michael Purcell, Frank Loch,  Scott Alder (NSW, Australia), Univ. of Arizona Astronomy Club, Space Telescope Science Institute, Adam Block (NOAO/AURA/NSF) along with his fellow co-imagers.

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