Featured Deep Sky Objects
NGC 1514

Deep Sky Object Chart | Aldebaran / Hyades Cluster
| El Nath | Lambda Tauri | NGC 1555 | Crab Nebula
| Pleiades | NGC 1647 | NGC 1746

NGC 1514 is a planetary nebula, not actually related to planets at all - these greenish gas clouds thrown off by dying giant stars merely gave early telescopic astronomers a double-take as they bear a visual resemblance to Uranus and Neptune in the eyepiece. Far from the brightest or more famous of the planetary nebulae, NGC 1514 is still one of the larger examples, at 120 arc seconds across or three times the apparent size of Jupiter in your scope. However, NGC 1514 is fairly faint (11th magnitude), and requires both larger instruments (~ 8 inches aperture) and dark skies. Look for this exotic object in northwestern Taurus, just south of Perseus.

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