Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  NGC 1514

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    NGC 1514– The Crystal Ball Nebula, 


            Shannon Calvert
    NGC 1514– The Crystal Ball Nebula
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    NGC 1514– The Crystal Ball Nebula

    Technical card

    Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 14" EdgeHD

    Imaging cameras: Canon 7D Mark II mod

    Mounts: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO

    Guiding telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 Essential Series

    Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot autoguider

    Focal reducers: Celestron 0.7x focal length reducer for C14 Edge HD

    Software: Pixinsight  ·  Photoshop

    Dates:Dec. 6, 2020

    Frames: 60x90" ISO1600

    Integration: 1.5 hours

    Darks: ~27

    Flats: ~30

    Bias: ~199

    Avg. Moon age: 20.58 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 66.33%

    Basic astrometry details

    Astrometry.net job: 4082451

    RA center: 4h 9' 17"

    DEC center: +30° 46' 26"

    Pixel scale: 0.333 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 90.023 degrees

    Field radius: 0.133 degrees

    Resolution: 2400x1600

    Locations: The Westport Observatory (WAS), Westport, CT, United States

    Data source: Traveller


    This magnitude 9.4 planetary nebula doesn't get much attention compared to its larger cousins, but it has interesting color and structure that shows up well in a large scope.


    Sky plot

    Sky plot


    NGC 1514– The Crystal Ball Nebula, 


            Shannon Calvert