Abell 65

Abell 65

Abell 65 is an elongated 2 arc minute long planetary nebula in Sagittarius at an estimated distance of 3800 light years. It is believed that the binary central star system is responsible for its unusual shape. A recent study has placed Abell 65 as a unique double shelled peanut shaped planetary nebula with a binary central star.

F.O.V.   Cropped to 60% of the 25 x 25 minute of arc view.

Telescope.   16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.   S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.  21 x 900 sec.   July 2017.

Location.   (Wiruna)  Ilford  N.S.W.