|NGC 7008: Planetary Nebula (Cygnus) RA: 21h 00.6m / DEC: +54° 32'.6|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This planetary nebula is tucked away in far northern Cygnus just across the border from Cepheus. NGC 7008 is a fairly small object, appearing just 80" across. However, its high surface brightness makes the planetary susceptable to high magnification. NGC 7008 is just northeast of the bright double star at the center of my sketch, which captures a 190X view in my 10-inch Starfinder. The entire object is suspicously annular in shape with the inner nebulosity being distinctly less bright. However, it also looks segmented. The northern portion of the nebula appears brighter than the southern. This northern portion sometimes splits into eastern and western halves when the seeing allows. The 13.2 magnitude central star is readily seen, as are a pair of nearby stars, one to the west and and the other to the east. Another 22 field stars frame the view.
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