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IC 1295

IC 1295, PK 025-04 2, PN VV' 465, PN VV 213, PN G025.4-04.7

RA: 18h 54m 37.21s
Dec: −08° 49′ 39.1″

Con: Scutum
Ch: MSA:1318, U2:295, SA:16


(reference key)

Type: planetary nebula

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: ?
PA: ?

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Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Deep Sky #23 Su88 p27.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Houston calls this a "challenging planetary." He notes that "many catalogues and atlases mistakenly call this object IC 1298. It is about 1' in diameter, and, though it has been catalogued as faint as 14th magnitude, Tokuo Nakamato of California reports it to be easily located with his 14-inch reflector. He also describes the planetary as 'not faint, large, oval, and uniformly bright.' "

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 17.5" f/4.5 at 100X, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty small, fan-shaped nebula with 2 stars involved at 135X. UHC filter works well with this object, it is somewhat difficult without the filter. Looks somewhat like Hubble's Variable Nebula. This object has been mis-labelled IC 1298 in a variety of sources.

Yann Pothier (IAAC)

Observer: Yann POTHIER (France) Your skill: advanced (many years) Object: IC 1295 (PK 025-04.2; PN G025.4-04.7; ARO 8) Category: planetary nebula Constellation: SCT Object data: Vmag=13.5; Bmag=15.0; 90"x80" (107"x87" for IDB); type IV; central star of Bmag=15.0; discovered by Safford before 1888 (as a PN by Curtis in 1919). RA/DE: 18h54.6m, -08°50' (2000) Date and UT of observation: 07 August 1991, evening ? Location & latitude: La Clapiere Obs. (France, latN44 40 00, longE06 27 36) Site classification: rural, alt.1650m (5500ft) Limiting magnitude (visual in UMi): 6.4 with averted vision (20% of the time) Transparency (1 to 5 - best to worst): 2 Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst): ? Moon up (phase?): no Instrument: Meade SCT 8"/203mm, F/10 Magnification: 87-145x Filters used: UHC, OIII

Description: at 87x, small nebulous area (large for a PN), faint even with UHC filter, near NGC 6712 (dist 27'); mag11 star against the W border, better seen through OIII filter, faint stars around; at 100x, faint PN, medium sized (UHC); at 145x + UHC, faint and diffuse, with quite sharp edges; without UHC, very faint, without defined limits.

Yann Pothier

Brian Skiff


P&K: PK 25-4 1 5'.0 NW (pa305).

POSS: m11 * 1'.25 SW; m12 * 1'.75 S/sl E; m13 * 40" SW; m 15 * closely SW of center. also f red * immed W of cen *, which is B~18 here.

7cm - vf @ 30x, but pops out nicely w/[OIII]. circ unconcen patch w/many fld *s nrby. BS, 26Apr1993, Anderson Mesa.

- vf @ 30x w/o filts. 60x best w/ and w/o [OIII] filter. approx uniformly br circ glow, disturbed by many vf *s nearby. BS, 23Jun1996, Mars Hill.

15cm - not vis really. BS, 15Mar1981, Anderson Mesa.

- big, rel br @ 80x. no filts needed but vgood [OIII] enhancement. brtr * on W is m11, closer * m13; glimpse m15 (?) * E of this * nr center of neb (m13 * in neb also). m12 * off S side. rel uniformly br, 1'.5 diam. BS, 21Jun1990, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - vlg and diffuse. apparently fgrnd obj. no cen *. two m13.5 * behind neb. nrly circ, m11 * to W. fld terrific: dense w/*s fntr than m12. BS, Big Cypress, 20Jul1974.

- 1'.5 diam, circ and ghostly. m13 * on W edge, m10.5 * 2' W. m14.5 * in NW side. not brtr in cen. m13 * flared about 2.5 mag while viewing, followed by sl irreg flickering; other *s in vicinity did not flare. duration of flare about 1s. BS, 15Mar1981, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - elong E-W, annular 2' diam. 40" hole. on W in neb are m11.5 and threshold *s. CBL, Roof.

Contemporary observations

Auke Slotegraaf

1997 July 08

1997 July 8, Tuesday, 20:55 - 23:30 Jonkershoek. 11x80's tripod-mounted. Not found; stars of 9th magnitude seen.

Richard Ford

2011 July, 30th Saturday


Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian Reflector Telescope.

Deep Sky Filters:Ultra High Contrast.

OIII Filter.

Sky Conditions:The fainter parts of the Milky Way are barely visible.

Transparency of the Sky:Haziness only visible on the horizon.

Seeing:Atmosphere stable with little interference.

Limiting Magnitude:4.9.

IC 1295


Object Type:Planetary Nebula.

First Impression:This object looks like a smudge of light.



Chart Number:No.187(Extract taken out of "Atlas of the Southern Night Sky").

Size:26mm Eyepiece:Field Of View:57'/14=4.0'.

20mm Eyepiece:Field Of View:50'/12.5=4.0'.



Size in Arc Minutes:4.0'.


Major Axis:4.0'.


Minor Axis:1:3'.

Planetary Nebula is 4.0'*1.3'.

Brightness:Magnitude 12.5.

Brightness Profile:The central nucleus of this planetary nebula grows slightly brighter compared to the far outskirts of this nebula.

Challenge Rating:Very Difficult.



At 167*I have noticed a very faint oval shape of light which is well defined.By making use of my OIII filter threaded onto my 9mm eyepiece the shape of this nebula is easily discerned whereby I noticed that this nebula has a large reddish blur of light.By using a Ultra High Contrast filter at both 167* and 214*less surface detail of this nebula is discerned.This planetary nebula has a low surface brightness which means that this is a large planetary nebula whereby the light is spread over a large surface.

Tom Bryant

2010 8 7 22:48:52

Observing site: Little Bennett Regional Park

Telescope: 18-inch Obsession

[18h 54m 36s, -8 50' 0"] A large, round smudge, with a faint central "hole" in it.

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