|NGC 6337: Planetary Nebula (Scorpius) RA: 17h 22.3m / DEC: -38° 29'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
Begin your starhop to NGC 6337 at the 1.6 magnitude stinger in the tail of the scorpion, otherwise known as Lambda (35) Scorpii. Slew about 2.5 degrees to the west-southwest and you're there. The sketch at left presents a 190X view in my 10-inch equatorial Newtonian. I achieve this magnification by coupling a Meade 18-mm SWA eyepiece with the TeleVue 3X Barlow. This combination produces a 1.33-mm exit pupil, which is perfect for small, bright deep-sky objects. The nearly 1' diameter annulus centered in my drawing is NGC 6337. This 11.9 (P) magnitude planetary nebula reminds me of a delicate smoke ring hanging silently amidst the stars. The 12th magnitude sparkler just inside the northern edge of the ring is a foreground object, NGC 6337's 14.9 magnitude central star lost in its glare. Another 30 stars frame the subject.
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