Object name: IPHASXJ200018.7+365934

Designation(s): IPHASXJ200018.7+365934,

IPHASX J200018+365934 also known as NeVe 2, is a planetary nebula candidate in the heart of Cygnus. The brilliant star that made processing this a nightmare is 25 Cygni, a B3IV 5th magnitude star. The image is so star-filled I couldn't get it below 1 meg in size. Finding the planetary candidate is almost a "Where's Waldo" challenge. Fortunately, it is 30" in size and not star-like. I see no central star but the blue disk with a red outer ring is sometimes seen in planetaries. It's hard to see it as anything else to my eye.

This one was brought up last July by a forum post asking what it was? Once I figured it out I added it to my short list of objects. Like most nights last summer neither seeing or transparency was very good but it was registering so I just gave it double my standard exposure time to make up for the horrid transparency. The first reference to it as a possible planetary nebula was in the Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae in 1992. Then again in 2009 in this paper: . Apparently no definite answer to its nature is known as yet. It's one of several hundred such nebulae. An imaging task I doubt I'll undertake, I have too many on the to-do list as it is.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=8x10' RGB=2x10', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME

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