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NGC 6563

NGC 6563, ESO 394-33, HD 166449, Hen 2-361, PK 358-07 1, PN VV' 359, PN VV 154, PN StWr 2-22, PN Sa 2-308, PN G358.5-07.3, Wray 16-383, h 3734, GC 4386

RA: 18h 12m 2.75s
Dec: −33° 52′ 7.1″

Con: Sagittarius
Ch: MSA:1436, U2:377, SA:22


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Type: planetary nebula

Mag: B=11.7, V=10

Size: ?
PA: ?

Historical observations

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "planetary nebula. little elliptic, hazy at borders, seen as last night (see next obs)." On a second occassion he called it "A L, F, oval, planetary nebula, about 1' long, 50 arcseconds broad, or 55 arcseconds; considerably hazy, or rather indistinctly terminated at the borders, but not bM; a star 6-7 precedes it, just 1 diameter of the field and nearly in the parallel."

Burnham, S.W. (1894)

Burnham, S. W. () "Measures of planetary nebulae with the 36-inch equatorial of the Lick Observatory", Pub. Lick Obs., vol 2, p159-167. "This nebula is fairly planetary in appearance, and there seem to be some faint stars in it, but the central star is wanting."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 14.0 mag planetary nebula.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Deep Sky #15 Su86 p12.

Modern observations

Clarke, W.P. (1992)

William P. Clarke (San Diego, California, USA) writes in the The Webb Society Nebulae and Clusters Section Report No. 11, January 1993: "A small, oval patch extended N-S. Forms a box with 3 field stars. No central star seen. (10-inch Newtonian, x80)"

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty large, round and greenish at 165X. My source says that this object is 13th magnitude. I disagree, it seems more like 12th to me."

Sutherland Astron. Soc. (NSW, Australia)

In the online Southern Observer (article "The planetary nebulae of Sagittarius") this planetary is recorded as: " This pale blue mag 11.0 disc appears about 40" across in 25cm. The disc is evenly illuminated and is clearly annular wit a bright streak on the W edge. Though it is reported that high powers show it elongated, I see no evidence of it at powers up to x232. The field is crammed with glittering milky way. To find: Locate Epsilon Sagittari, at the SW end of the base of the "teapot". The nebulae is 2-3 low power fields away WNW in the direction of Antares near a group of three mag 6-7 stars. RA 18.12 Dec - 33.8. Winter."

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