Messier 1 (M 1) - Crab Nebula
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On this page I collect my observations of the galactic emission nebula M
the constellation Taurus / Bull.
Taurus / Bull is another constellation that I only knew by its name.
Thanks to the Hyades (Mel 25), it has now become somewhat more familiar to
me - at least its star Aldebaran, which glares conspicuously yellow (or golden).
While the Hyades are at the center of Taurus, the galactic emission nebula M
1 (NGC 1952), also known as Crab Nebula, is located at
its left end and slightly above the end star zeta Tauri.
Size: 5 'x 4' / 6' (Stoyan / Karkoschka)
Distance: 6,200 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: *** (Stoyan)
M 1 (Crab Nebula) between Gemini / Twins and Taurus / Bull and below Elnath
The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com)
provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter
than the sketch):
of the Crab Nebula by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael
My Own Observations
Observations February 2017
- February 13, 2017 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau: LT,
Heritage 100P): The
galactic emission nebula M
1 (NGC 1952) received a "three-star rating". Unfortunately,
this does not affect the fact that I was not able find it this day. But
maybe I was looking for M 1 at the wrong location, and it was not the nebula
itself that was too faint to be seen...
- February 14, 2017 (ditto: GSD
680, Heritage 100P on GoTo mount):
Using my 8" Dobsonian the
next day, I was also not able to find M 1. And the same accounts for
the Heritage 100P on
the GoTo mount:
There was nothing to see! I therefore assumed that the light pollution
is too strong here to be able to recognize M 1.
- February 18, 2017 (ditto: GSD
680): On this day, I looked for M 1 again using the GSD
680, and this
time I was able to recognize, at least, a faint glimmer with this scope
- and this was reproducible!
- February, 26, 2017 (ditto: Heritage
P130 on GoTo mount): The
same applies more or less to this observation day (new moon).
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