2 Mar 2011 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x
Bright, face-on spiral? very bright core with a large 5' halo, averted vision suggests spiral structure
13 Jun 1999 Pinal Peak, AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT
Very bright core, otherwise no structure visible, fairly large
24 Mar 1781
Nebula without star, above the Heart of Charles [α CVn], on the parallel of the star no. 8, of sixth magnitude of the Hunting Dogs, according to Flamsteed: In the center it is brilliant & the nebulosity a bit diffuse. It resembles the nebula which is below Lepus, No. 79 [M79]; but this on is more beautiful & brighter: M. Méchain has discovered this one on March 22, 1781."
Rev. T.W. Webb
Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)
Small bright nebula, like a comet; h., a nucleus; E. of Rosse, spiral. Lick spect., one bright band and two absorption lines.
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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.