|NGC 6629: Planetary Nebula (Sagittarius) RA: 18h 25.7m / DEC: -23° 12'.2|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This little planetary usually gets lost among the big, bright globular star clusters in the neighborhood. Impressive M28 is a short 2 degrees to the south. Majestic M22 is just 3 degrees to the east-southeast. Splitting the difference is NGC 6642. All are much more impressive visual specimens than little NGC 6629. However, that doesn't mean this delicate planetary isn't worth a visit. The sketch at left records the view of NGC 6629 at 164X in the 10-inch Starfinder. Just 15" in size, this planetary nebula has a listed photographic magnitude of 11.6. A 9.6 magnitude GSC star lies just a couple of arc minutes to the southeast. A pair of 11th and 12th magnitude GSC stars are located an equal distance in the opposite direction. The bright star just inside the northern field boundary is 8.0 magnitude HD 169476.
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