NGC 1985 (PK 176+00.0) Bright Nebula in Auriga

Located at: RA 05 hours 37 minutes 48 seconds, Dec +31 degrees 59 minutes 20 seconds

Size: 1.0' Magnitude: 12.5 Class: Reflection

North is up

West to the right


 8" f5 Newtonian reflector


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


Lumicon Red filter, 780 minutes  (78 x 10 minute subs) 01/23/24/27/28/29/2010; seeing 2.4-3.0 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 1.6.1, Photoshop 7.0


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

Notes: From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 1985

NGC 1985 = Ced 57
05 37 47.8 +31 59 20

13.1": faint reflection nebulosity surrounding a mag 13.5 star.  This small, 
circular nebula is visible without a filter.

Incorrectly listed as a planetary in the RNGC because it was catalogued as a 
planetary in the Kohoutek's CGPN.

- by Steve Gottlieb
Historical Research Notes / Correction for NGC 1985
NGC 1985 has been called a planetary nebula in the past, but is now generally
accepted as a reflection nebula.  There are several other such nebulae nearby,
including UGC 03327 = MCG +05-14-001.  In spite of its inclusion in two galaxy
catalogues, that object is almost certainly a nebula within the Milky Way 

One or the other of these two, N1985 or U3327, is included in van den Bergh's
1966 catalogue of Galactic reflection nebulae.  I've not checked yet, so it 
may be possible that that entry refers to both objects as well as to the other
fainter reflection nebulae in the field. - Dr. Harold G. Corwin, Jr.