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IC 1287

IC 1287, Ced 163, DG 154, LBN 75, Magakian 773, VDB 124

RA: 18h 31m 25s
Dec: −10° 47′ 44″

Con: Scutum
Ch: MSA:1343, U2:295, SA:16

Ref: [2003A&A...399..141M], SIMBAD

(reference key)

Type: reflection nebula

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: 27′ x 22′
PA: ?

Published comments

Barnard, E.E. (1892)

Barnard, E. E. (1892) "Photographic nebulosities and groups of nebulous stars", A.N. 3111.

Discussed: IC 1274, 1275, 1283, 1287,

Helwan Obs. Bulletin No 22 (1921)

A very large patch of faint diffuse nebulosity around Boss 4687 extending chiefly to the south of it.

Dorschner & Gürtler (1963)

Untersuchungen uber Reflexionsnebel.

DG 154

= IC 1287, Ced 163

Pos (1950.0) 18:28.6, −10:50

Size: 27x22 (blue), 5x5 (red).

Lynds, Beverly (1965)

Beverly Lynds (Astrophysical Journal Supplement, No 105, 1965) in her Catalogue of Bright Nebulae notes that this nebula is moderately bright, more prominent on the red POSS plate and has a maximum size of 20' x 10'.

Magakian T. Yu. (2003)

= DG 154, [RK68] 92, VdB 124, IC1287, GN, Ced 163

Class: C (reflection neb)

Comments: double star

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Vehrenberg's Atlas of Galactic Neb -2 p46.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "7.2M; 44' x 34' diameter; faint reflection nebulosity lit by 5.5M DBL ST Struve 2325 (12" separation; 6-9M); OPN CL N6649 45' to NE."

[amastro] IC1287 in Scutum

The past two weeks have been unparalleled weather-wise here in Sweden. About 20 degrees during the days and still +15 C early in the evenings. Every night, but two, during this fortnight has been clear dusk to dawn. No wind, mosquitos or Moon either. Murphy is on vacation! Last Sunday evening, an impressive auroral display burst out, so I had to concentrate on southern objects only. I perused the small constellation Scutum with my 20x100 binoculars. I was astonished by how clearly the dark, thin, marbled patches were defined near M11.

In Uranometria, I noticed the reflexion nebula IC1287 around the 6 mag double star Struve 2325. I had never tried on this little known nebula before and I did not expect to see anything unusual at first. When I compared the sky around the central* and the similar star 0.9 deg due E of it, I had the feeling that they had different textures. The background around the E star was more or less black while the sky around Struve 2325 had a pinkish hue. Maybe I was biased since I knew the location of IC1287. Have someone else had similar experiences on IC1287?

Clear Skies,

Timo Karhula

Brian Skiff


WDS: pair = ADS11414, q.v. below.

15cm - it ain't. HHM?, Roof?

- pair easy @ 50x, not hint of neb. 80x: 20' NW is f cloud resulting from abs hole; otherwise fld barren of f *s. BS, 4Jul1989, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - nah.

- nah. BS, 15Mar1981, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - easy. 1'.5 around m6,9 pair (fntr * blue). also around *s 15' & SW, though only half as lg. [this obs prob spurious. -BS.]

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