Messier 1 (M 1) - Crab Nebula

Introduction | Map | Sketch | My Own Observations | My Own Photos | References

On this page I collect my observations of the galactic emission nebula M 1 (Crab Nebula) in the constellation Taurus / Bull.

 

Introduction

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. It is famous for being a supernova remnant from 1054.

Size: 5 'x 4' / 6' (Stoyan / Karkoschka)
Distance: 6,200 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: *** (Stoyan)

 

Map

M 1 (Crab Nebula) between Gemini / Twins and Taurus / Bull and below Elnath in Auriga

 

Sketch

The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com) 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

Observations April 2018

 

My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018)

         

M 1 (Taurus), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and noise removed

         

M 1 (Taurus), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and noise removed

         

M 1 (Taurus), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed (alternative)

 

Ditto, post-processed and noise removed

 

References

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