NGC 1333 – Reflection Nebula – Perseus – Observer’s Challenge – January 2011 – Posted August 14th 2012

NGC 1333, a reflection nebula in the constellation Perseus.  This object is very faint and associated with a 10.5 magnitude star.  At first glance, using a 10-inch reflector it appears mostly round, but with averted vision and careful viewing it becomes elongated with a NE-SW orientation.  The brightest part of the nebula is SW of the 10.5 mag. star with the NE section being much more faint with some mottling or unevenness being noted.  The overall surface brightness is fairly low, so this object is best observed using low to medium magnification.    RI

JANUARY 2011 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-1333

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