August 2018 - Picture of the Month
Planetary Nebula Patchick 5 in Cygnus
More nebulae, and this time a more obscure planetary that has featured as an Object of the Week on the Deep Sky Forum (DSF).
Being around half the angular size of M57, half the visual apparent magnitude and at about twice the distance Patchick 5 is certainly not a bright object! Based on the comments I suspect that this is one for the astroimager, like Bernhard, but perhaps you happen to have a huge telescope and excellent skies.
I'm drawn to the vibrancy of Bernhard's image which comes close to that which I see through the eyepiece. Unfortunately this comes across much better on in the larger image on Bernhard's website. Of course he's extracted much more detail from this bipolar planetary, which is why I've decided to add his close crop too.
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