NGC 1360 in Fornax
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Designation NGC 1360,  Bennett 15
Object type   Planetary nebula
Coordinates   03 h 33 min      - 25° 51'    Fornax  (For)


Description   Planetary nebulae are normally symmetric, either as rings, spheres or bipolar structures.  NGC 1360 on the contrary is a rather amorphous cloud and was only identified as a planetary nebula by its strong radiation in the OIII (oxygen) band, due to excitation by the magnitude 9 central star.   It lies at an estimated 700 light years, well away from the galactic (Milky Way) plane.   The reddish matter towards the lower right is accepted to have been ejected from the original star before its final collapse and transformation into this peculiar object.

North is towards the lower right (150°) in this 15 x 10 arcmin field of view.  

Exposure   CRGB 100:40:40:40 min @ -18°C,  RGB exposures binned 2x2
Camera   SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with Astrodon CRGB filterset
Optics   RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount   Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software   MaxIm DL/CCD,  Registar,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time   San Esteban (Chile) - 20 (RGB) and 21 (Lum) Oct2006 @ 07:00 UTC 
Conditions   Transparency 7/10,  Seeing 6/10, Temperature  + 11° C