Kronberger 61

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
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Christopher K.
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Kronberger 61

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Amateur Matthias Kronberger of Austria has discovered a planetary nebula near the Lyra-Cygnus border. First spotted by him in January, the nebula's existence was confirmed with the Gemini North Telescope. The image release on 25 July is quite pretty. Kronberger is a member of the Deep Sky Hunters, a group which has found a second planetary nebula and maybe a third.

The area of Kronberger 61 is part of that been swept by the watchful gaze of the Kepler spacecraft, which studies the light of more than 150,000 stars, searching for fluctuations--and therefore possible planets.

I have yet to find any information on this object exact coordinates or the equipment Mr. Kronberger was using. The Lyra-Cygnus area is up a midnight these nights, but if the Deep Sky Hunters gets a certain amount of professional support, they may be using very high magnification, especially if the group's goal is to find new Milky Way objects.

More information at:
http://gemini.edu/node/11656

Christopher K.
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Re: Kronberger 61

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The tenth anniversary of this discovery is next year. It certainly created waves nine years ago, and the question being asked nine years later is: how difficult are these amateur astronomy discoveries in this era of heightened light pollution.

More information:
https://astronomy.com/news/2011/07/gemi ... astronomer

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