Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Perseus (Per)  ·  Contains:  Sh2-215
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New Discovery - Sharpless 215 is a potential planetary nebula: Pa 167, 


            Peter Goodhew
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New Discovery - Sharpless 215 is a potential planetary nebula: Pa 167

Imaging telescopes or lenses: APM Telescopes TMB - LZOS Apo refractor 152/1200

Imaging cameras: QSI 6120wsg-8

Mounts: 10Micron GM2000HPS II

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider X2

Filters: Astrodon Lum  ·  Astrodon Blue  ·  Green  ·  Red  ·  Astrodon SII 5nm  ·  Astrodon 5nm H-Alpha filter

Astrodon 5nm H-Alpha filter: 61x900" bin 1x1
Astrodon Blue: 9x300" bin 1x1
Green: 8x300" bin 1x1
Astrodon Lum: 18x300" bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3 nm: 46x1800" bin 4x4
Red: 18x300" bin 1x1

Integration: 42.7 hours

Astrometry.net job: 3806512

RA center: 4h 17' 27"

DEC center: +42° 35' 50"

Pixel scale: 0.533 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -3.002 degrees

Field radius: 0.160 degrees

Resolution: 1661x1382

Locations: e-Eye, Fregenal de la Sierra, Extramadura, Spain

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: e-EyE Extremadura


Sharpless 215 has, like other objects in the Sharpless Catalog, been classified as an HII emission nebula. My good friend Dana Patchick recently spotted a hot star apparently located within the nebula, and suggested that it could possibly be a planetary nebula. He suggested that I turn my scopes on it, looking for any OIII emission. Although much fainter than the HII emission, I found a strong OIII signal which is characteristic of planetary nebulae. Two spectra have been produced based on this image, and as a result this has just been confirmed to be a true planetary nebula. Dana has registered it as a planetary nebula in his catalog as Pa 167.