Messier 1 (M 1) - Crab Nebula

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On this page I collect my observations of the galactic emission nebula M 1 in 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 in Auriga



The sketch by Michael Vlasov ( provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch):

Sketch of the Crab Nebula by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)


My Own Observations

Observations February 2017

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 at first (binoculars, Heritage 100P). But maybe I was looking for M 1 at the wrong location, and it was not the nebula itself that was too weak to be seen. Using my GSD 680 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 assume that light pollution here is too strong to be able to recognize M 1.

On February 18, however, I looked for M 1 again using the GSD 680, and this time I was able to recognize, at least, a weak glimmer with this scope - and this was reproducible! The same applies more or less to the Heritage P130 on the GoTo mount (Feb, 26, new moon).



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