Planetary Nebula Abell 86


This planetary nebula was discovered in 1955 by the American astronomer George Ogden Abell on the photo plates of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS). In 1955 he published a first list of 13 globular clusters and the positions of 73 planetary nebulae. The PN was then listed as number 73 (A55 73). In 1966 Abell published a completed list including the size and description of the 86 planetary nebulae discovered on the POSS photo plates. This PN was then listed as nebula 86. [331, 332]

Physical Properties

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
Designations PN G118.7+08.2: A 86, PK 118+08.2, A55 73, ARO 245, VV' 584
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 00h 01m 34s a
Declination (J2000.0) +70° 42' 42" a
Dimensions 63." (optical)
C-Star Designations AG82 460
Discoverer ABELL 1955

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Abell 86 is located in the constellation Cepheus. It is in opposition to the Sun on 22 September and can be observed from Switzerland from May to December.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula Abell 86
Planetary Nebula Abell 86 in constellation Cepheus. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ~6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ~20 mag. [149, 160]

Objects Within a Radius of 15°