NGC 6543 The Cat's Eye Nebula Published in Astronomy Now Magazine July 2020 and April 2021
A very bright planetary nebula in the constellation of Draco. It is 3,300 light years from Earth.
TARGET Nomenclature: NGC 6543, Cat's Eye Nebula, Snail Nebula, Sunflower Nebula, Caldwell 6 Right Ascension: 17:58:33.42 Declination: +66:37 59.5 Size: 30 arc sec (central shell), 5 arc min (outer halo) Discovery:William Herschel on February 15, 1786
EQUIPMENT USED Twin APM TMB LZOS 152 refractors 10Micron GM2000 HPS mount Twin QSI6120 CCD cameras Astrodon filters
IMAGE CAPTURE 5nm Ha: 75x1800 bin 1x1 3nm OIII: 52x1800 bin bin 1x1 Red: 20x300 bin 1x1 Green: 20x300 bin 1x1 Blue: 20x300 bin 1x1 Total integration: 68.5 hours Pixel scale: 0.534 arcsec/pixel Field radius: 0.356 degrees Capture dates: 15 March - 23 May 2019 Capture location: Fregenal de la Sierra, Spain