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Barnard 53
DSS image of Barnard 53
Digitized Sky Survey image of Barnard 53, 60' x 60' with north at top and west to the right

DSS image of Barnard 53
Overlaid DSS image of Barnard 53, 60' x 60' with north at top and west to the right

Type  Dark Nebula
Size  30' x 30'
RA (2000)  17h 6'
Dec (2000)  33° 36' S
Constellation  Scorpius

Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Apr 22, 2007    Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
76mm f/6 APO

Moderately dark, somewhat defined, an obvious dark blot against the otherwise rich summer Milky Way, while less dark or defined compared to neighboring B50 the pair is still striking either side of the bright star HD154090 (mag 4.8) dark complexes of nebula fill the region with streamers and knots and make fine sweeping
Other Data Sources for Barnard 53
Nearby objects for Barnard 53
Acknowledgements and Credits...

Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission. Use for non-profit and educational reasons is generally given on request.

Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.

The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.

Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927

Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.