NGC 1333 (LBN 741) Bright Nebula complex in Perseus

Located at: RA 03 hours 29 minutes 15 seconds, Dec +31 degrees 23 minutes 52 seconds

Size: 4.8' x 2.8' Magnitude: -- Class: Reflection

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c & -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Red filter, 820 minutes (82 x 10 minute subs), 11/28/29 & 12/1/2010; seeing 2.8-4.9 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.16.3986.25838, Photoshop 7.0


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


This is a re-shoot of this very complex area of the sky. Unfortunately, the seeing was very poor for two of the three nights I imaged this area; see original 400 minute image ... see Robert Gendler's write up of this area ... and check out his color image. Also see this wider field image of the area from Greg Parker at the Earth Science Picture of the Day site.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 1333

NGC 1333 = Ced 16 = LBN 741
03 29 19.7 +31 24 57
Size 9x7

17.5" (2/9/02): bright, interesting reflection nebula at 140x.  Apparently 
illuminated by a mag 10 star oddly offset at the NE end of the glow.  The 
appearance is irregular; extending ~10'x6' SW-NE in the general direction of a 
mag 10 star 11' SW.  The SW extension contains a couple of faint mag 14 stars 
and ends at a small, brighter knot which appears to surround a very faint star 
or stars.  The field is oddly void of faint stars and there is a large starless 
region to the north (this is dark nebula Barnard 2).

17.5" (12/8/90): fairly bright reflection nebula surrounds a mag 10 star which 
is offset to the NE side of the nebula.  This is a large object, about 10'x6' 
and elongated SW-NE.  There is a bright knot in the SW end.  Two or three 15th 
magnitude stars are superimposed.

13": fairly bright nebula, large, extends SSW of a mag 9.5 star, oval, slightly 
brighter at the south edge.

- by Steve Gottlieb