Archive for August 25th, 2020


Summer observing: planetary nebulae

August 25, 2020

Messier and Caldwell planetary nebulae, modified from the Caldwell object star chart produced by Jim Cornmell at Both the original file and this modified version are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license (CC BY-SA 3.0).

This all-sky chart shows the planetary nebulae from the Messier and Caldwell catalogs. Horizon lines are for southern California for the next couple of weeks. I put this together for a little observing feature I’m writing for Nightwatch, the monthly newsletter of the Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers. I don’t know how well this map will reproduce, which is why I’m stashing a high-res copy here, so I can link to it in the newsletter feature. I will eventually post the observing feature here, too, probably sometime next week after the PVAA members have had a chance to see it in Nightwatch.

EDIT: I’m too lazy to reformat the observing feature for the blog, but I will link to it: here you go.