NGC 7026 (PK 89+0.1) Planetary Nebula in Cygnus

Located at: RA 21 hours 06 minutes 19 seconds, Dec +47 degrees 51 minutes 08 seconds

Size: 40" Magnitude: 12.7 photographic Class: 3a

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 213 minutes (71 x 3 minute {180 seconds} subs), 07/19/2013; seeing 3.0-3.8 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.74.4938.18664, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

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

Notes: As the monsoonal moisture moved into Southern California, I decided to shoot a couple of high surface-brightness planetary nebulae in Cygnus (see NGC 6826). The sky was also hazy with moisture and smoke for NGC 7026.

View 200% crop.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 7026
NGC 7026 = PK 89+0.1 = PN G089.0+00.3
21 06 18.6 +47 51 08
V = 10.9;  Size 29"x13"

17.5" (7/9/99): fascinating object at 380x both with and without a UHC filter.  
The double-lobed structure is clearly visible with the western lobe slightly 
elongated N-S and containing a brighter center.  The eastern knot also has a 
quasi-stellar center at moments with direct vision and the knot has an irregular 
outline.  Using the UHC, the lobes are more cleanly separated and the small 
fainter halo which encases the two bright lobes is more obvious.  A mag 11 star 
is just 0.5' NE of center.

13": at 333x appears fairly bright, very small, elongated WSW-ENE.  Two brighter 
condensations at the opposite ends are possibly barely detached at the center.  
Forms a double at low power with a comparable mag 11 star 27" NE of center.

- by Steve Gottlieb