Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Sagittarius (Sgr)  ·  Contains:  NGC 6563  ·  PK358-07.1  ·  PK358-07.2
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NGC 6563, 


            Gary Imm
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NGC 6563

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NGC 6563, 


            Gary Imm
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NGC 6563

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-130NFB

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 1600MM Cooled Pro

Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 60mm Guidescope

Guiding cameras: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono

Software: Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro  ·  PixInsight  ·  Stark Labs PHD2 2.6.3

Filters: Astrodon Ha 31mm 5nm  ·  Astrodon OIII 31mm 3nm  ·  Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series  ·  Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series  ·  Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series

Accessory: ZWO EFW  ·  Takahashi Flattener TOA-67  ·  Feathertouch Focuser Boss II Electronic Focusing Control

Dates:July 23, 2019July 24, 2019Aug. 7, 2019

Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 60x60" (1h) (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 60x60" (1h) (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Ha 31mm 5nm: 24x300" (2h) (gain: 300.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 31mm 3nm: 24x300" (2h) (gain: 300.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 60x60" (1h) (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 7h

Avg. Moon age: 16.50 days

Avg. Moon phase: 55.93%

RA center: 18h12m02s.655

DEC center: -33°5209.39

Pixel scale: 0.391 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 84.940 degrees

Field radius: 0.234 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 3293x2776

Locations: Backyard (Mag 20.8 - Bortle 4.5), Onalaska, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard


This object is a faint planetary nebula located 6000 light years away in the southern constellation of Sagittarius, at a declination of -34 degrees. Its apparent diameter is about 1 arc-minute, which corresponds to a diameter of 2 light years.

This object resembles both M57, the Ring Nebula, and NGC 3132, the Eight Burst Planetary Nebula in the following ways:

- Each nebula is viewed from a basically end-on view.

- Each nebula has a bright oval white ring - a torus of ionized gas around the central star.

- Each nebula has a OIII-dominated inner region and the Ha-dominated outer region.

- Each nebula has bi-polar outflows creating secondary lobes, which from our vantage point extend towards and away from us.

It is interesting that the outer edge of the ring of this nebula is crisp from 1 o'clock to 4 o'clock and again on the opposite side, from 7 o'clock to 10 o'clock. In between those sections, the outer edge is blurry and the outer lobes protrude out. Some faint structure is seen in the OIII-dominated central region, along with several stars, one of which is likely the progenitor star.

This interesting object has only 1 prior Astrobin entry, which was imaged from the southern hemisphere. This image is not as crisp as I would like because of the low altitude from my location.