Abell 72 (PK 59 -18.1) Planetary Nebula in Delphinus

Mainly emitting radiation in the line of OIII,this Planetary Nebula Abell 72 shines in a very greenish colour.Sized  2.2’x2.0′ it is only a small one and with a magnitude of 13.8mag a difficult object for even bigger telescopes.

Its real distance isn´t know exactly till today.

The tiny galaxy to its south is named PGC 65491 and has a real distance of about 194 mio.light-years.


position (epoch 2000):

Ra.:    20h 50m 06.0s
Decl.:  +13° 34′ 00″


image data:

LsynthRG(+OIII)B(+OIII) image from:

L=synth of all RGBs

RGB=6x1200s each


a total of 11.33 hours

80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain FLI Proline 16803 Astrodon LRGB GenII filters

Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled

image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken


This is a  20.5x20.5 arcmin. cropped FOV of the FLI´s detector-field.For full resolution click HERE.


here you can see a more detailed version of Abell72:


Last modified on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:09

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