Object name: NGC2346

Designation(s): NGC2346,

NGC 2346 is a rather famous planetary nebula in Monoceros near Delta and not far from the more famous, far larger, Rosette Nebula. Though the latter is a huge star birth region, NGC 2346 is a tiny star death region being a pair of stars, one of which is dying, thus creating a bipolar planetary Nebula about 2000 light years away. The Hubble Space Telescope took a famous image of this one. It has a good discussion about it so to save my typing fingers I\'ll just refer you to the Hubble page on it. Note their image is false color while I tried to preserve colors as the eye would see them if it was bright enough to activate our color vision.

The Nebula was discovered by William Herschel on March 5, 1790. It is in the second H400 observing program.

14\" LX200R @ f/10, L=4x10\' RGB=2x10\'x3, STL-11000XM, Paramount ME