Dec 26th 2016, Boxing Day

An escape from the Christmas madness of over indulgence and claustrophobia 😉

Out in the obsy early evening about 7.30pm local time, somewhat hazy but not too bad I went after Wolfgang Steinicke’s Webb Society object of the season challenge.

NGC 1333 is a complex reflection nebula in Perseus. Size 6′ x 3′ (2 ly) distance 1000 light years.  Observed by me with 505mm mirror and cooled Watec 120N+ video cam on 26-12-16. In addition to the nebulosity sketched there was more seen to the upper right SE I think an arc or shield shaped of nebulosity very close to a tight double star.

I’m not greatly excited by reflection nebulae in general but I enjoyed this challenge, it wasn’t very easy to get the max detail on the monitor, I must have spent an hr messing with camera and monitor settings before I put pencil to paper as I had anticipated seeing more than I did with the camera! Wolfgang states a visual mag of 5.6 after all! Which should make this visible in binoculars!

NGC 1333

“In addition to the nebulosity sketched there was more seen to the upper right SE I think? an arc or shield shaped of nebulosity very close to a tight double star.”

Clear Skies, Dale