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NexStar Database Objects

Named Objects              
             
Name RA Dec Mag Size Type Const Comments
Andromeda Glx - M31 00h42.7m +4116' 3.5 178' Gal Andromeda M31. The closest spiral galaxy to earth. Spanning 3 degrees across, the Andromeda galaxy is the farthest object that can be seen with the naked eye. Distance  =  2.8 mil ly.  Diameter  =  180,000 ly.
Barnard's Galaxy - NGC 6822 19h44.9m -1448' 9.0 10.2' Gal Sagittarius Irregular dwarf galaxy. Distance = 1.7mil ly. Diameter = 10,000 ly.
Bear Paw Galaxy - NGC 2537 08h13.2m +4600' 11.7 1.7' Gal Lynx Moderately bright, round and well resolved galaxy.
Beehive OC - M44 08h40.1m +1959' 3.1 95' OC Cancer Open cluster containing over 200 stars, visible to the naked eye. Also called 'Praesepe' and 'M44'.  Distance  =  525 ly.  Diameter  =  40 ly
Black-Eye Glx - M64 12h56.7m +2141' 8.5 9.3' Gal Coma Berenices A spiral galaxy with a striking dark dust cloud near the central nucleus.  Distance  =  20 mil ly.
Blinking Plan - NGC 6826 19h44.8m +5031' 10.0 2.3' PN Cygnus Planetary nebula disc with 11th magnitude central star.
Blue Planetary  - NGC 3918 11h50.3m -5711' 8.0 0.2' PN Centaurus Small, round planetary nebula. Blue in color with 7th magnitude star in center.
Blue Snowball - NGC 7662 23h25.9m +4233' 9.0 2.2' PN Andromeda A hazy blue planetary nebula estimated to be 1,800 to 5,600 ly away and 20,000 to 50,000 AU across
Bode's Nebula - M81 09h55.6m +6904' 6.9 25.7' Gal Ursa Major A massive galaxy with a luminosity equal to 20 billion suns and a total mass of approx 250 solar masses.  Distand 7 mil ly.  Diameter = 36,000 ly.
Box Nebula - NGC 6309 17h14.1m -1255' 11.0 1.1' PN Ophiuchus This planetary nebula has a greenish disk and appears rectangular in shape thus giving it its name.  The Box Nebula is best seen using an OIII nebula filter.
Bubble Nebula - NGC 7635 23h20.7m +6112'   15' SR Cassiopeia Remenant of a supernova, named for its gaseous arc that resembles a large bubble. Distance = 11,000 ly.
Bug Nebula - NGC 6302 17h13.7m -3706' 13.0 0.8' PN Scorpius Irregular shaped planetary nebula.
Butterfly OC - M6 17h40.1m -3213' 4.2 15' OC Scorpius Also called M6. Bright open cluster containing about 50 stars. Distance  =  1,300 ly.  Diameter  =  20 ly
California Neb  - NGC 1499 04h00.7m +3637'   145' Neb Perseus Very faint,large,and diffused nebula resembling the shape of california. Best seen using a hydrogen-beta filter.
Cat's Eye Neb - NGC 6543 17h58.6m +6638' 9.0 5.8' PN Draco One of the brightest planetary nebulae with a central star nearly 100 times the luminosity of the Sun. Distance  =  3,200 ly.  Diameter  =  .33 ly
Christmas Tree - NGC 2264 06h41.1m +0953' 3.9 60' OC Monoceros A very young open cluster, also called the Cone Nebula, with 150 members surrounded by dark nebulosity.  Distance  =  2,600ly.  Diameter  =  20ly
Cocoon Nebula - IC 5146 21h53.4m +4716' 7.2 12' Neb Cygnus A faint open cluster surrounded by nebulosity that is located ESE of a large dark nebula - Barnard 168.
Crab Nebula - M1 05h34.5m +2201' 8.4 6' SR Taurus Also called M1. Supernova remnant that was recorded by the Chinese in the year 1054.  At its brightest, it was visible even in the daytime and casted a shadow in the night time. Distance  =  6,500 ly.  Diameter  =  10 ly
Crescent Nebular - NGC 6888 20h12m +3821'   20'   Cygnus A faint, very large nebular with a double star visible inside.  Best seen with an OIII filter.
Deer Lick Galaxy - NGC 7331 22h37.1m +3425' 9.5 10.7' Gal Pegasus A fairly bright elongated galaxy with four small companion galaxies surrounding it.
Double Clust - NGC 869 / 884 2h19m +5709' 4.0 30' OC Perseus Two open clusters visible to the naked eye, each with a diameter of about 70 ly. Both clusters are very young. NGC 884 is 8,500 ly in distance and 11.5 million years old. NGC 869 is 7,000 ly away and 6.4 mllion years old.
Dumbbell Neb - M27 19h59.6m +2243' 8.1 15.2 PN Vulpecula One of the closest planetary nebulae to earth. Expanding at a speed of 27 km/s it can be estimated to be about 48,000 years old. Distance  =  ~750 ly.  Diameter  =  2 ly
Eagle Nebula - M16 18h18.8m -1347' 6.0 35' Neb Serpens A large open cluster surrounded by a diffuse nebula. A very active region of star formation. Distance  =  ~8,000 ly.  Diameter  =  70 ly
Eight Burst Nebula - NGC 3132 10h07.0m -4026' 8.0 0.8' PN Vela Bright central star.  Named after its multi-ring structure visible in photographs.  Distance - 2,500 ly.  Diameter = 0.7 ly.
Eskimo Nebula - NGC 2392 07h29.2m +2055' 10.0 0.7' PN Gemini Bright inner ring separated by a dark gap from another faint outer ring.  Distance = approx. 2,500 ly.
Ghost Of Jup - NGC 3242 10h24.8m -1838' 9.0 20.8' PN Hydra Planetary nebula with an elongated inner ring. Distance  =  ~2,600 ly.  Diameter  =  0.5 ly
Helix Nebula - NGC 7293 22h29.6m -2048'   12.8' PN Aquarius The largest and closest planetary nebula with an angular diameter of half the full moon. Distance  =  ~300 ly.  Diameter  =  1.75 ly
Hercules GC - M13 16h41.7m +3628' 5.9 16.6' GC Hercules Globular cluster visible to the naked eye. The cluster contains about 1 million stars and is estimated to be 10 billion years old.  Distance  =  25,000 ly.  Diameter  =  160 ly
Hind's Variable Neb - NGC 1555 04h22.9m +1932m     Neb Taurus Very faint reflection nebula.
Horsehead Neb - IC 434 05h41m -0224' 11.3 60' Neb Orion A dark nebula that resembles the shape of a horse head, positioned in front of a bright diffuse nebula.  This object is best seen using a H-Beta filter. Distance = 1500 ly
Hubble Variable Neb - NGC 2261 06h39.2m +0844'   2' Neb Monoceros Gaseous nebula surrounding a variable star.  Distance = 2,600 ly. Diameter = 7 ly.
Hyades - NGC 7845 04h27.0m +1600'   4 OC Taurus A very close open cluster with a triangular shape forming the head of the bull of the constellation Taurus. Distance  =  150 ly.  Diameter  =  12 ly
Lagoon Nebula  - M8 18h03.8m -2423' 5.8 90' Neb Sagittarius A very bright nebula which is an active star formation region. Distance  =  5,000 ly.  Diameter  =  100 ly
Little Dumbbell - NGC 650 01h42.3m +5134' 12.0 4.8' PN Perseus  
NGC 891 02h22.6m +4221' 10.0 13.5' Gal Andromeda Edge-on spiral galaxy with prominent ban of dark interstellar matter along the galactic plane. Distance  =  43 mil ly.  Diameter  =  120,000 ly
North American Neb - NGC 7000 20h58.8m +4420'   120' Neb Cygnus A diffuse nebula that resembles the outline of the North American continent.  Best seen with an OIII filter.  Distance 1,600 ly.  Diameter 45 ly.
Omega Cluster  - NGC 5139 13h26.8m -4729' 3.7 36.3' GC Centaurus The brightest and largest globular cluster in the sky. Best seen at lower or southern latitudes. Distance  =  17,000 ly.  Diameter  =  100 ly
Orion Nebula - M42 05h35.4m -0527' 4.0 66' Neb Orion One of the most impressive diffuse nebulae in the sky. Visible to the naked eye bellow Orion's belt. Star forming region with four prominent stars called 'The Trapezium' centered in the nebula. Distance  =  1,600 ly.  Diameter  =  30 ly
Owl Nebula - M97 11h14.8m +5501' 11.2 3.2' PN Ursa Major Also called M97. Irregular shaped planetary nebula.  Distance  =  ~3,000 ly.  Diameter  =  3 ly
Pinwheel  - M33 01h33.9m +3039' 5.7 62' Gal Triangulum A large spiral galaxy structure with bright knots of dust and fas.  Next ot the Andromeda Galaxy, it is the closeste spiral galaxy to the Milky Way.  Distance = 3 mil ly.  Diameter = 60,000 ly.
Pleiades - M45 03h47.5m +2407' 1.5 89' OC Taurus Also called 'The Seven Sisters' and M45.  Bright open cluster with 250 memebers. Six or seven stars easily visible to the naked eye.   Distance  =  450 ly.  Diameter  =  20 ly
Ring Nebula  - M57 18h53.6m +3302' 9.0 2.5' PN Lyra A very famous planetary nebula with an extremely hot blue dwarf star in the center.  Distance  =  1,400 ly.  Diameter  =  0.5 ly
Ring-Tail Galaxy - NGC 4038 12h01.9m -1853' 13.0 3.2' Gal Corvus A very unusual pair of interacting galaxies resulting in extraordinary long, curved filaments extending from each galaxy.  Distance = 90 mil ly.  Diameter = 100,000 ly.
Rosette Nebula - NGC 2244 06h30.3m +0503'     Neb Monoceros A diffuse nebula surrounding an open cluster.  Clouds of dark interstellar material against the glowing background of the nebula gives it its 'rose' appearance.  Distance = 2,600 ly.  Diameter = 55 ly.
Saturn Nebula - NGC 7009 21h04.2m -1122' 8.0 1.7' PN Aquarius Planetary nebula with an elongated ring resembling the rings of Saturn.  Distance  =  4,000 ly.  Diameter  =  0.5 ly
Sculptor Glx - NGC 253 00h47.6m -2517' 7.1 25.1' Gal Sculptor The brightest member of the Sculptor Galaxy Cluster and very similar in size to our Milky Way.  Total luminosity of 5 billion suns.  Distance = 7.5 mil ly.  Diameter = 70,00 ly.
Siamese Twins - NGC 4567 12h36.5m +1115' 11.3 3.0' Gal Virgo Elongated galaxy with close companion galaxy.
Sombrero Glx - M104 12h40m -1137' 8.3 8.9' Gal Virgo Also called M104. Edge-on galaxy with a dark band of interstellar matter in the equatorial galactic plane resembling the brim of a sombrero. Distance  =  30 mil ly.  Diameter  =  82,000 ly
Spindle Glx - NGC 3115 10h05.2m -0743' 9.2 8.3' Gal Sextans A greatly flattened, elliptical galaxy shaped like a spindle. Distance  =  27 mil ly.  Diameter  =  30,000ly
Stephan's Quintet - NGC 7317 22h36.1m +3357' 12.7 2.2' Gal Pegasus A group of five galaxies, some of which are connected by 'bridges' of interstellar matter.
Sunflower Glx  - M63 13h15.8m +4202' 8.6 12.3' Gal Canes Venatici An elongated galaxy with a bright core and a tight spiral pattern resembling a giant celestial flower.  Distance = 35 mil ly.  Diameter = 90,000 ly.
Swan Nebula - M17 18h20.8m -1611' 6.0 46' Neb Sagittarius Diffuse nebula resembling a swan swimming across water. Distance  =  5,500 ly.  Diameter  =  15 ly
Tarantula Neb - NGC 2070 05h38.6m -6905' 8.2 40' Neb Dorado A giant diffuse nebula located in the Large Magellanic Cloud is the largest object of its kind known in the Universe.  Distance  =  169,000ly.  Diameter  =  800ly
Trifid Nebula - M20 18h02.3m -2302' 6.3 29' Neb Sagittarius A diffuse nebula characterized by three dark bands dividing the bright regions of the nebula. Distance  =  3,700 ly.
Veil Nebula - NGC 6992 / 6960 20h56.4m +3143'   2.5 SR Cygnus A beautiful complex nebulae, whose delicate filament structure is best seen using an OIII filter.  The Veil Nebula  is the remnant of a ancient supernova that exploded some 35,000 years ago.  Distance  =  1,500 ly.
Whirlpool Galaxy - M51 13h29.9m +4712' 8.4 11' Gal Canes Venatici Also called M51. One of the closest and brightest galaxies with very pronounced spiral arms. Distance  =  35 mil ly.  Diameter  =  100,000 ly
Wild Duck Clus - M11 18h51.1m -0616' 5.8 14' OC Scutum Also called M11. A rich open cluster containing about 500 stars. Distance  =  6,000 ly.  Diameter  =  21 ly


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