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Deep Sky Objects in Vela, the Sails
Here is a listing of the brightest Deep Sky Objects in Vela, the Sails, down to about magnitude 12.
The table is sorted by NGC number. If an IC or Messier number is associated with the object it is also noted.
Each entry will have a link to the Simbad and Aladin databases for further information. Click on the NCG/IC/Messier number to access these databases. There are also links to the Digitized Sky Survey site which has images taken in red light. These very detailed images are each 14x14 arc-seconds wide and are about 300k in size. For more about the Digitized Sky Survey click HERE.

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NGC IC Messier Type Size
(arc sec)
Mag RA Dec DSS Other Name or comments
  2395   OC ??? 4.6 08:42.5 48:09 X  
  2391   OC ??? 2.5 08:40.5 53:02 X OMICRON VELORUM CLUSTER
  2488   OC ??? 7 09:27.6 57:00 X  
3261     Galaxy 3.5/2.8 12 10:29.0 44:39 X  
3201     GC 18.2 9 10:17.6 46:25 X  
3263     Ir Galaxy 6.2/1.4 11.8 10:29.2 44:06 X  
3105     OC 2 11 10:00.8 54:46 X  
2659     OC 3 9.5 08:42.6 44:57 X  
2660     OC 4 11 08:42.2 47:09 X  
2669     OC 12 6.1 08:44.9 52:58 X  
2670     OC 9 9.5 08:45.5 48:47 X  
2671     OC 4 11.5 08:46.2 41:53 X  
2910     OC 5 8.5 09:30.4 52:54 X  
2925     OC 12 8.5 09:33.7 53:26 X  
2547     OC 20 5 08:10.7 49:16 X  
3033     OC 5 8.5 09:48.8 56:25 X  
3228     OC 18 6.5 10:21.8 51:43 X  
3330     OC 7 8.5 10:38.6 54:09 X  
2972     OC 4 10 09:40.3 50:20 X  
3132     PN 0.8 8 10:07.0 40:26 X SOUTHERN RING/EIGHT-BURST PLANETARY NEBULA

OC - Open Cluster PN - Planetary Nebula, GC - Globular Cluster, Ir Gal - Irregular Galaxy

Image created using TheSky 5.0 Level IV
available from Bisque Software


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2003 Kevin Muenzler, Eagle Creek Observatory.