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NGC 1514 Crystal Ball Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon
NGC 1514 Crystal Ball Nebula
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NGC 1514 Crystal Ball Nebula

Technical card

Dates:Dec. 5, 2018Dec. 10, 2018

Astrodon Gen 2 L 36mm: 128x200" (gain: 99.00) -16C bin 1x1
Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 113x200" (gain: 99.00) -16C bin 1x1

Integration: 13.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 15.36 days

Avg. Moon phase: 6.47%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: -5.00

Basic astrometry details job: 3083293

RA center: 4h 9' 17"

DEC center: +30° 46' 30"

Pixel scale: 0.701 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 357.959 degrees

Field radius: 0.343 degrees

Resolution: 2812x2124

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)
TV127is+ASI183MM at .75 asec/pix. (L)
They were all registered to the best R image taken on the AG12.

NGC1514 is a planetary nebula that was discovered by William Herschel on November 13, 1790, describing it "A most singular phenomenon" and forcing him to rethink his ideas on the construction of the heavens. Up until this point Herschel was convinced that all nebulae consisted of masses of stars too remote to resolve, but now here was a single star "surrounded with a faintly luminous atmosphere." He went on to conclude "Our judgement I may venture to say, will be, that the nebulosity about the star is not of a starry nature".

It has since been conjectured that the nebula in fact envelops a tightly orbiting double star with a period of up to 10 days. Gas is presumably expanding away from the larger star of the pair.
Located 2,200 light years from Earth.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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NGC 1514 Crystal Ball Nebula, 


            Jerry Macon