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IC 2087 (3,078 of 18,816)


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IC 2087

IC 2087, DG 43, Bernes 79, Ced 38, [SS62] 31, LBN 813, Magakian 79

RA: 04h 39m 59s
Dec: +25° 44′ 41″

Con: Taurus
Ch: MSA:161, U2:134, SA:5

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

(reference key)

Type: reflection nebula

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: ?
PA: ?

Published comments

E.E. Barnard (1919)

Barnard (Astrophysical Journal, January 1919) notes that this object, diameter 3', is a bright spot in the dark nebula Barnard 22.

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

Note (supplied by Bill Gray, Project Pluto): Very small, bright nebula; a bright spot in the dark nebula B 22. (Position given in Astrophysical Journal, 49, 14, (1919ApJ....49....1B) in error by 10m in right ascension.)

Cederblad, S. (1946) [VII/231]

Ced 38 (IC 2087)

Position (1900): RA 4 33.9, Dec + 25 32

Star: ?

Spectrum of nebula: continuous spectrum (observed)

Classification: Neb associated with mainly one star (which may be multiple) - Fan-shaped object (eg. IC 59)

Size: 28'x19'

Notes: " IC 2087. Disc. Barnard 1892 (84). WP 22. (93 Pl 5, 196, 630 Pl 30 Pl 31, 717). R. This is the object B 14."

Lynds, B.T. (1962)

Lynds, B.T. (1962) Catalogue of dark nebulae. Astrophys.J.Suppl.Ser. 7, 1-52. [also: computer datafile: VII/7A]

Struve & Straka (1962)

Notes on diffuse galactic nebulae.

[SS62] 31

Palomar plate used: R (E-plate print)

Object's name: Barnard 109

Comments: In a dark lane/cloud (object B14)

Dorschner & Gürtler (1963)

Untersuchungen uber Reflexionsnebel.

DG 43

= IC 2087, Ced 38, [SS62] 31

Pos (1950.0) 04:36.9, +25:42

Size: 3x3 (blue), 3x3 (red).

Bernes, C. (1977)

Bernes, C. (1977) A catalogue of bright nebulosities in opaque dust clouds.

=Bernes 79

Magakian T. Yu. (2003)

= DG 43, Bernes 79, IC2087, GN 04.36.9, Ced 38, [SS62] 31

Class: C (reflection neb)

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Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Vehrenberg's Atlas of Galactic Neb-1 p43.

Modern observations

Tom Lorenzin

Tom Lorenzin, in the electronic version of "1000+ The Amateur Astronomers' Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing", notes: "12.5M; 4' diameter; no data yet; within a 1 degree triangle of 6-7M stars; about 3 degrees N and a bit W of 3M Tau TAU."

Blackwell, Kent

25" f/5, 200x

Transparency 8/10, Seeing 6/10

Coinjock, NC

Page 161 Millennium Atlas

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.

Kent Blackwell

Polakis, Tom

I viewed IC 2087 as part of my observations for the Perseus/Taurus piece in the January 2000 "Astronomy." I didn't notice an oval outline in a 12.5-inch scope. It was circular, and 5' across. More striking was the lack of stars down to 15th magnitude. At that time, I posted a chart generated with Megastar that shows the dark nebula at:


It's over 400K; sorry.

Tom Polakis

Tempe, AZ

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