Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC3132 (Planetary Nebula in Vela)


Date & Time: Nov 20 2004, from 28:29 to 28:44 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 4 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024×2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto




NGC3132 / Planetary Nebula, type IV+II
R.A.10h 07m 0.0s (2000.0)
Dec.-40° 26' 00" (2000.0)
Apparent Size84×53"
Real Size0.53×0.33 light yrs.
Magnitude8.2
Distance1300 light yrs.
NGC3132 is a large planetary nebula positioned on the border to Antria, having a nickname of "Eight Burst Nebula" from its figure. The nebula is positioned at -40 degrees in declination, the meridian height is at most 15 degrees, it's hard to observe the nebula in good condition at Japan. This image has been influenced by lower bad seeing condition. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has captured the nebula looks like the Doughnut Nebula (M57) in Lyra, often called "The Southern Donut Nebula".




M97(Owl Nebula)

Jupiter Nebula(NGC3242)


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