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NGC 6778

NGC 6778, NGC 6785, PK 34-6.1, GC 5942

RA: 19h 18m 24.93s
Dec: −01° 35′ 46.6″

Con: Aquila
Ch: MSA:1293, U2:251, SA:16


(reference key)

Type: planetary nebula

Mag: B=13.3, V=12.3

Size: 0.42′ x 0.32′
PA: ?

History and Accurate Positions for the NGC/IC Objects (Corwin 2004)

NGC 6778 = NGC 6785, which see.

Historical observations


This 13th magnitude planetary nebula was discovered by Marth.

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

It described in the NGC as "small, elongated, ill-define hazy disc."

Published comments

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.5 mag planetary nebula.

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Sky&Tel. 4/70 p221, Deep Sky #3 Su83 p22, Deep Sky #15 Su86 p8.

Modern observations

Hartung, E.J. (1968)

Hartung calls this "a fairly bright luminous disk about 15arcsec across with ill-defined edges. About 10' north is a dark area 10'x4' extending roughly northwest-southeast, outlined by faint field stars. Good aperture and a dark clear night are needed."

Sanford (1989) Observing the Constellations

Sanford notes that this planetary is about 16 arcseconds in diameter and appears to fade at the edges. He also notes that the dark nebula Barnard 139 lies just to the north.

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty bright, pretty small, elongated 2 X 1 at 165X. It is easily picked out of the Milky Way at medium power. Using the Barlow to get 320X shows a star in the western end and the shape is almost rectangular. I estimate the magnitude of the planetary as 11.5 and the size as 8 X 16 arc seconds."

Hogsten, Scott (IAAC, 1998)

Observer: Scott Hogsten; Your skills: Intermediate (some years); Date/time of observation: Aug 20,1998 00:35 EDT; Location of site: McConnelsville, Ohio (Lat 39N, Elev ); Site classification: Rural; Sky darkness: 6.5 Limiting magnitude; Seeing: 8 1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best); Moon presence: None - moon not in sky; Instrument: 12.5" f5 Dob; Magnification: 150x; Filter(s): ; Object(s): NGC 6778; Category: Planetary nebula.; Class: ; Constellation: AQL; Data: mag 13.3 size 19"x13"; Position: RA 19:18.5 DEC -01:36

Description: I question the printed magnitudes on this Planetary. I found it very faint, small, and round. It did not require averted vision to see. I honestly did not expect to find this and actual went Uranometria to verify that I was not looking at some other object

Brian Skiff

= HD180871

POSS: br * 5' E = SAO143251 (mv=8.8). pos: 19 18 24.9 -1 35 47 (J2000),

measured on O & E prints using 30-star PPM net.

PK: * 40" E. pos: 19 18 25.2 -1 35 47 (J2000), and 19 18 25.0 -1 35 47 (J2000).

Bigourdan: 19 18 24.9 -1 35 43 (J2000).

Milne: 19 18 25.0 -1 35 53 (J2000).

15cm - vf: featureless grey circ puff W of m9 *. HM, Roof.

- br, circ, no cen * or details. BS, 3Sep1981, Anderson Mesa.

- recognizable @ 80x. mod sm, relhisfcbr. 165x/325x: *ings on NW side and center; 20"x10" elong pa120, seems to have pinched middle. BS, 11Jun1988, Anderson Mesa.

25cm - fairly br & sm. 180x: cen * or assoc * vis. 20" diam, featureless circ. BS, Roof.

- elong E-W, 25"x15". f cen dkning, cen * occas vis. BS, 3Sep1981, Anderson Mesa.

30cm - discernable as pn @ 140x. sm, elong E-W, football-shaped. 220x shows hairy edges, size 20"x18". cen * occas seen on br bkgrnd. uneven brtness, perhaps * on E giving spurious elong, esp @ lox. CBL, Roof.

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