Messier 97, the Owl Nebula   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT

Planetary nebula in Ursa Major

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The Owl Nebula is a large but farily dim planetary nebula. With two dark patches resembling eyes, it resembles the head of an owl. The nebula is not hard to see in a small telescope, but detecting the two "eyes" can be a challenge.

Magnitude 11
Apparent Size 3'
Distance (light yrs) 1,600
Right Ascension 11:14.8
Declination +55 01
Field of View 28' x 21'

Image details:  Exposure times of 45 minutes luminance, 24 minutes red, 30 minutes green, and 30 minutes blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

February 2015