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Re: (IAAC) Nebulosity in The Pleiades



Hi, Paul - I've seen what you describe several times (maybe dozens) in 
my old 8" scope, and have always assumed that it was the nebula. It 
never looked like more than an odd, rather oval-shaped patch of "gray" 
and it never showed anything like the "fibrous" detail shown in photos.  
Few other stars of this brilliance show that sort of thing in my scope, 
so I doubt that it is atmospheric haze (especially when noting that the 
glow isn't symmetrical around any star, a dead-giveaway).
Bruce Jensen
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>From: "Paul Haworth" <paulhaworth@hotmail.com>
>To: netastrocatalog-announce@latrade.com
>Subject: (IAAC) Nebulosity in The Pleiades
>Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 08:04:15 PDT
>Reply-To: netastrocatalog-announce@latrade.com
>
>I was just about to send the following message when I noticed William's 
>message, so I guess it answers my question, but here it is anyway....
>
>Dear All,
>
>Last night I had a look at M45 simply to wallow in the darkness of the 
>night, in my 220mm Newtonian.  I immediately noticed a glow around the 
>main six stars; nothing bright, but an unmistakable haze particularly 
in 
>the immediate vicinity of the stars (ie. not in the centre of the pan 
of 
>the saucepan shape).  I had my suspicions that it might be the 
>reflection nebula, but as the sky was getting hazy I thought I'd check 
>it wasn't just illuminated atmospheric haze.  So I looked at the stars 
>of the Coathanger and the Perseus Double Cluster, and they were crisp 
>with no haze.
>
>So was I seeing the reflection nebula?  I seem to recall Sue French 
>saying in a reasonably recent posting that she saw it (I forget the 
>context).  I'd be interested if others have seen it, or if they think 
it 
>could still have been atmospheric haze.
>
>Clear skies,
>Paul.
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