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RA: 18h 32m 34.64s
Dec: −25° 07′ 44″
Ch: MSA:1391, U2:340, SA:22
Type: planetary nebula
Mag: B=?, V=9.6
This 12th magnitude planetary nebula was discovered by Pickering, who described it as "stellar".
The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.0 mag planetary nebula.
Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, very small, round, bright middle with a stellar nucleus of about 13th mag at 285X. This planetary is about three time the size of the Airy disk."
With a 15.5-inch telescope, the nebula forms a right-angled triangle with two bright stars lying to its east. It appears moderately bright, but is considerably fainter than the two stars of the triangle. It is difficult to determine wether this object really is the planetary, because very close to it lies another star-like object, which is still fainter. Under moderate skies both objects show a disc and it is hard to discriminate between the two.
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