NGC 7027 (PK 84-3.1) Planetary Nebula in Cygnus

Located at: RA 21 hours 07 minutes 02 seconds, Dec +42 degrees 14 minutes 07 seconds

Size: 60"* Magnitude: 10.4 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, 117 minutes (78 x 1.5 minute {90 seconds} subs), 07/22/2013; seeing 2.2-3.5 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:* I am continuing to image planetary nebulae rising in the east this July ... targeting Planetary Nebulae in Cygnus and Cepheus. I am trying to capture 'inner' detail on these Planetaries, hence the short individual sub exposures. However, I am not accumulating enough time to show the fainter outer shells that many planetary nebulae possess. NGC 7027 shown here is a little more than half of it's listed 60 arc seconds size.

See the CDS image/data (for very faint outer halo).

View 200% crop.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 7027

NGC 7027 = PK 84-3.1 = PN G084.9-03.4
21 07 01.5 +42 14 10
V = 8.5;  Size 18"x11"

17.5" (10/2/99): At 100x, the small greenish disc is very prominent but at 
higher powers appears bluish.  Easily takes very high power and the view 
unfiltered at 380x and 500x was striking.  Appears elongated 3:2 NW-SE, 
0.3'x0.2', with two distinct lobes.  The NW knot is slightly brighter and at 
times a stellar spot or star appears embedded at its SW tip.  At 500x, the two 
knots are encased in a very small common halo which extends further out on the 
north side.  The southern edge of both knots has a sharp, flat appearance.

13": at 288x; small, bright, unusually high surface brightness, elongated NW-SE.  
There are two distinct overlapping nuclei and a narrow dark lane possibly 
separates these two condensations.

- by Steve Gottlieb