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Medusa Nebula

PN G205.1+14.2, PK 205+14 1, PN Abell 21, PN YM 29, PN A55 16, Sh 2-274, Medusa Nebula

RA: 07h 29m 2.71s
Dec: +13° 14′ 48.8″

Con: Gemini
Ch: MSA:200, U2:184, SA:12


(reference key)

Type: planetary nebula

Mag: B=15.67, V=15.99

Size: ?
PA: ?

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Published comments

Sharpless (1959)

A catalogue of H-II regions. Astrophys.J.Suppl.Ser., 4, 257-279.

Sh 2-274: "NGC 2237-NGC2238. Crescent shaped; similar to No.188."

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Photo index by Jim Lucyk: Sky & Tel. 7/70 p25, Observer's Guide (Astro Cards) 11-12/88 p31

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, observing with a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Faint, pretty large, elongated, irregular shape. Quite noticable at 100X with the UHC filter. It has a half moon shape with the southern end brighter and several stars involved. This is the object marked PK205+14.1 on U 2000 chart 184. It is called the Medusa Nebula in Sky Cat 2000. Anybody know why?"

Brian Skiff

15cm - vis @ 50x w/o filts as lg losfcbr patch in *ry fld. 10'x7' elong NNE- SSW. unconcen. roughly rectangular w/rounded corners, and seems indented on WNW-facing flank (see sketch in notes). m11.5-12 * just w/in border on NE. m10.5 * off SSE. sev m12-5.13 *s sup or nrby, but none close to center. DS filter gives wk enhancement, mod-strong w/UHC & [OIII], either would prob be effective in bringing it out from br light-polluted skies. 80x (no filts): 1'.5 WSW of m11 * nr NE edge are two m13.5 *s; one of these could be cen *---they're close to center. brtr * S is un= pair. U2000 symbol is for *ar obj, not vlg one. BS, 10Feb1991, Anderson Mesa.

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Magda Streicher

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Alldays (22.50S, 20.12E, 770m).

12-inch f/10 SCT (76x, 218x)

The crescent shaped nebula shape out to the east with the open area west. Filamentary structures accompanied by dark bays inside the brighter outer rim. Notice a tiny round and nearly stellar patch south of the nebula's centre. It was too distinct to be part of the nebula, it turns out to be a galaxy at [RA: 07h28m58s - DEC: +13o13'38"]

Richard Ford

2013 February 8th, Friday

Location:Blesfontein Guest Farm,Sutherland.


Sky Conditions:The most crystal clear sky possible.Dark moon and stars magnitude 6 and fainter are visible with the naked eye.Excellent clean sky,limited star flickering and brilliant objects.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian.

This planetary nebula is very large and that this nebula has an irregular appearance in the form of a crescent shape.This planetary nebula is a pale reddish colour and that this nebula is only visible in an OIII filter and that the surface brightness of this planetary nebula is extremely faint.This nebula can't be seen without an OIII filter.This planetary nebula measures 7.1'x5.4'.Chart No.211,NSOG Vol.1.

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