IC 418 (PK 215-24.1) Planetary Nebula in Lepus

Located at: RA 05 hours 27 minutes 28 seconds, Dec -12 degrees 41 minutes 49 seconds

Size: 12" Magnitude: 10.7 photographic Class: 4

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter,  ~5.42 minutes (~65 x 0.083 minute {5 seconds} subs), 03/4/2014; seeing 2.3-4.7 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.77.5159.19820, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: This is one high surface-brightness planetary! I imaged this with fog and high clouds interfering ... I even took some 0.3/0.4/0.5 second subs that showed the ring structure (but few stars). I ended up with 5 second sub exposures as a compromise to show some stars ...

View 200% crop. See one 0.3 second sub exposure (only reduced brightness via brightness/contrast); one 5 second sub exposure (no processing). See the Aladin Previewer SERC/ER/DSS2 image.

From the NGC / IC Project:

NO Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for IC 418 ... Contemporary/Current Data for IC 418 lists the size as 14"x11"