Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Lyra (Lyr)  ·  Contains:  IC 1296  ·  M 57  ·  NGC 6720  ·  PGC 2017638  ·  PGC 2024204  ·  PGC 2813669  ·  PGC 2813726  ·  PGC 2813749  ·  PGC 2813775  ·  PGC 2813776  ·  PK063+13.1  ·  Ring nebula  ·  Ring nebula in Lyra
M57 Ring Nebula - IC 1296, 


            Jerry Macon
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M57 Ring Nebula - IC 1296

M57 Ring Nebula - IC 1296, 


            Jerry Macon
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M57 Ring Nebula - IC 1296

Acquisition details

June 20, 2019 ·  Feb. 24, 2020
Astrodon Gen 2 L 36mm: 92×100(2h 33′ 20″) (gain: 99.00) -12°C bin 1×1
Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 84×100(2h 20′) (gain: 99.00) -12°C bin 1×1
4h 53′ 20″
Avg. Moon age:
9.26 days
Avg. Moon phase:
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:

RA center: 18h53m35s.940

DEC center: +33°0145.73

Pixel scale: 0.701 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 2.059 degrees

Field radius: 0.222 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 1800x1400

File size: 437.2 KB

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


Images from the following two scopes (piggybacked) contributed to this image:

AG12+ASI1600MM at .70 asec/pix (RGB-t100x84)

TV127is+ASI183MM at .75 asec/pix. (L-t100x92)

They were all registered to the best R image taken on the AG12.

The Ring Nebula (also catalogued as Messier 57, M57 or NGC 6720) is a planetary nebula in the northern constellation of Lyra. Such objects are formed when a shell of ionized gas is expelled into the surrounding interstellar medium by a star at in the last stages of its evolution before becoming a white dwarf.

This nebula was discovered by the French astronomer Charles Messier while searching for comets in late January 1779. Messier's report of his independent discovery of Comet Bode reached fellow French astronomer Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix two weeks later, who then independently rediscovered the nebula while following the comet. Darquier later reported that it was "...as large as Jupiter and resembles a planet which is fading" (which may have contributed to the use of the "planetary nebula" terminology). It would be entered into Messier's catalogue as the 57th object. Messier and German-born astronomer William Herschel speculated that the nebula was formed by multiple faint stars that were unresolvable with his telescope.

In 1800, German Count Friedrich von Hahn announced that he had discovered the faint central star at the heart of the nebula a few years earlier. He also noted that the interior of the ring had undergone changes, and said he could no longer find the central star. In 1864, English amateur astronomer William Huggins examined the spectra of multiple nebulae, discovering that some of these objects, including M57, displayed the spectra of bright emission lines characteristic of fluorescing glowing gases. Huggins concluded that most planetary nebulae were not composed of unresolved stars, as had been previously suspected, but were nebulosities. The nebula was first photographed by the Hungarian astronomer Eugene von Gothard in 1886.

My Collections:
Abell Planetary Nebulae (Complete)
Messier Objects
Planetary Nebulae
Sharpless 2 Objects


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M57 Ring Nebula - IC 1296, 


            Jerry Macon