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Barnard 220

Barnard 220

RA: 04h 41m 30s
Dec: +25° 59′ 0″

Con: Taurus
Ch: MSA:160, U2:134, SA:5

Ref: VII/220A

(reference key)

Type: dark nebula

Mag: –

Size: 7′
PA: ?

Published comments

E.E. Barnard (1927) - ADC catalogue VII/220A

Note (supplied by Bill Gray, Project Pluto): Round, diam. 7'; feebler extension runs NW for 1 degree; BD +25 723 (magnitude 8.3) near W edge

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Kent Blackwell

[amastro] PK 174-14.1, IC 2087, B220

25" f/5, 200x

Transparency 8/10, Seeing 6/10

Coinjock, NC

Page 161 Millennium Atlas

These are 3 interesting, albeit difficult objects in Taurus, all lying very close to the Taurus Dark Cloud.

PK 174-14.1 - PN - vf, ps, looks somewhat elongated. I'd love to find a photo of this to see if my "elongated" suspicions are correct. Best with OIII, next best is Orion UltraBlock, followed oddly by Lumicon Deep Sky and trailing behind is the Lumicon UHC. Strange indeed. It's also visible with no filter, but far more satisfying with.

IC 2087 - Bright Diffuse Nebula vf, vl, quite oval in shape. Best without any filters, though the UltraBlock seems the best of all the filters. You might have to "wiggle" the scope a bit to get this illusive object to show up.

B222 - Inky black region surrounding, and just east of, an 8th magnitude star. My best magnification was 120x.

Has anyone seen any of these?

Kent Blackwell

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