|NGC 2022: Planetary Nebula (Orion) RA: 05h 42.1m / DEC: +09° 05'.2|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This faint little stinker is located in northern Orion, 3.6 degrees northwest of 0.5 magnitude Betelgeuse. 4.1 magnitude Phi2 (40) Orionis resides 1.3 degrees to the west. My sketch renders a 190X view in the 10-inch, f/4.5 Newtonian. NGC 2022 is southeast of center. This planetary nebula has a photographic magnitude of 12.4, which suggests a visual reading of from 0.5 to 1.0 magnitude brighter. This is a delicate object in the Starfinder, about 20" across and gauzy to the eye. Sixteen field stars are shown, the brightest being 9th magnitude GSC 714:43 about 10' from NGC 2022 at the northwest boundary.
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