Object name: MCNEILS NEBULA
This new nebula, first recognized by amateur astronomer Jay McNeil when trying out a new 3" telescope in 2004 has interested me. It's appearance was short lived as by 2005 it was gone. An amateur photo by Evered Kreimer in 1966 shows it but images taken before and after this date don't. When I finally got the observatory up and running in 2005 it was gone as mentioned. Figuring I likely had 40 years before it would reappear I crossed it off my list but kept hoping it would return. When it came out of the sun's glare in August of 2008 it was back! Since then I've kept watch on it though it seems not to be well followed by the amateur community for some reason.
Related Designation(s):MCNEILS NEBULA,