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Piippusumu - 27.8.2019 at 22.00 Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia Observation number 86853

Visibility IV / V

Juha Ojanperä, Porin Karhunvartijat

The dark mist called Pipe Nebula in the southern part of the snake carrier really resembles a smoking device as its name implies. The stem of the barrel stands out from the Milky Way in a sharp and dark incision, the nest of the barrel also stands out well, but perhaps not quite as sharp as the stem of the barrel. The length of the barrel mist is about 8 degrees and the width at the barrel housing is 2-3 degrees.

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  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • Piippusumu
    • Näyttävä
  • Constellation
    • Ophiuchus
  • Weather
    • Selkeää, tyyntä, kuiva ilma, -1C, SQM: 21.13
  • Darkness
    • Excellent
  • Seeing
    • Excellent
  • Nebulae
    • Dark nebula info

      Dark nebulae are dust in space. It obsruct the visibility of background star and bright nebulae. Thus, the dark nebulae are seen as dark clouds in space.


      The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula. Image Arto Murtovaara.


      The dark nebula LDN 1235 in Cepheus. Image Juha Kepsu.


      The dark nebula LDN 1302. Image Tero Turunen.


      The NGC 1333 is a reflection nebula, which includes also dark nebulae. Image Samuli Vuorinen.

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Visual observation with the naked eye, graphite drawing on a cardboard card, scanned and slightly retouched with Paint Sho Pro

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