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NGC 1360
Planetary Nebula
aka PNG 220.3-53.9, PK 220-53.1, M 1-3, ARO 208, ESO 482-7
Integrated Visual Magnitude: 9.6
Apparent Diameter: 6.4'
Mean Surface Brightness: 22.3 mag/arc-sec2
Magnitude of Central Star: 11.3
 Minimum requirements to view: two-inch scope from a dark site

Considering how large and bright NGC 1360 is it should be much better known.  Many long time observers have come across this one and wondered why they didn't know about it sooner.  Walter Scott Houston wondered if it wasn't overlooked because many U.S. observers consider Fornax to be too far south.  He notes that NGC 1360 is "... no further south than the globular cluster M4 near Antares, which even beginning observers quickly hunt down in the summertime sky."

I came across NGC 1360 when my friend Kemer suggested it.  I'm really glad that he did because it proved to be the highlight of the night.  This planetary is large with an unusually high surface brightness for such an object.  Based in its appearance, I felt that it should be visible in scopes as small as 6 inches, or even smaller.  Indeed, other observers report seeing it in small refractors. 

In my 18-inch f/4.5, without a filter, it looked like a roundish glow surrounding an 11th magnitude star.  With the OIII in place it became much larger and very strikingly oval.  Some observers have noted a dark lane using an OIII of UHC filter.


The field in a 6-inch at 50x.  North is down and east is to the right.

 
Millennium Star Atlas Vol I Chart 356
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