Object of the Season

The Webb Deep-Sky Society requested observations for the following deep-sky objects. Findings are published in the Deep Sky Observer (DSO).

Observations should be sent to Wolfgang Steinicke , Gottenheimerstr. 18, D-79224 Umkirch, Germany.

Object of the Season (Winter 2021)

Planetary Nebula NGC 1514 in Taurus

NGC 1514 was discovered by William Herschel on 13 November 1790. It was his prototype of a ‘nebulous star’. The central object is a binary star, an unusual case. The planetary nebula shines strongly in the light of double ionized oxygen (OIII). Thus, a filter is useful.

Planetary Nebula NGC 1514 in Taurus - Credit: Göran Nilsson and The Liverpool Telescope
This image of Planetary Nebula NGC 1514 in Taurus provided by Göran Nilsson and The Liverpool Telescope.
Name
NGC 1514
Position (2000)
04h 0 9m 16s.9 +30° 46' 33"(Tau)
Type
PN
Visual Magnitude
10.9
Central Star Magnitude
9.5
Size
2.2' (0.5 ly)
Distance
900 ly
Other Designations
IV69, h311, GC810, PK 165-15.1, LEDA 2882948

Results of the observations of NGC 1514 will be published in DSO 190.

Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director

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