14 Sep 2015 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
15cm f/5 Newtonian, Makaʻiki @ 19x
A small patch of nebula about 1° from ζTau, faint but very distinct, about 5' across, no detail
28 Aug 2011 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x
An oval patch without detail, about 5'x3' northwest-southeast, averted vision reveals mottling and uneven edges
22 Oct 2006 TIMPA, Avra Valley, AZ (map)
12x36 Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars
Very faint but unmistakable, an ill-defined hazy patch, small, visible with direct vision
12 Jan 2002 Las Cienegas NCA, Pima Co., AZ (map)
46cm f/4.5 Deep Violet
Rough oval patch, surface mottled with lighter areas, fading smoothly into the background, in a field of dim stars but no stellar object visible within the nebula, no core or pattern to the structure of the nebula
19 Sep 1988 NASP, Chino Valley, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT
Oval patch, no detail visible, edges more distinct than a galaxy
24 Feb 1827
Very large; extended; very gradually brightening a little toward the middle; mottled; 4' long, 3' broad; position angle of longer axis north preceding to south following. A fine object.
12 Sep 1758
Nebula above the southern horn of Taurus, it doesn't contain any star; it is a whitish light, elongated in the shape of a flame of a candle, discovered while observing the comet of 1758. See the chart of that comet, Mem. Acad. of the year 1759, page 188; observed by Dr. Bevis in about 1731. It is reported on the English Celestial Atlas"
Rev. T.W. Webb
Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)
oblong; pale; 1° np ζ. Crab neb. of E. of Rosse, who considered it resolvable, with fringes, not, however, subsequently confirmed there. Se. obtained a similar result. Granular, 9-1/3in. spec. D'A., 5½ x 3½, not resolved. First seen by Bevis, 1731. Its accidental re-discovery by M., while following a comet in 1758, led to the formation of the earliest catalogue of nebulæ. Winlock, gaseous spect.
2 objects found within 120'
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.