Planetary Nebula Abell 18


The planetary nebula Abell 18 (PK 216-0.1) 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 first had the number 13 (A55 13). In 1966 Abell published a completed list including the size and description of the 86 planetary nebulae discovered on the POSS photo plates. The PN was then listed as number 18 (A66 18). He described the morphological appearance of the PN as «e» (a ring with gaps / incomplete ring). [331, 332]

The designation PK 216-0.1 originates from the two Czechoslovak astronomers Luboš Perek and Luboš Kohoutek, who in 1967 compiled a catalog of all the planetary nebulae of the Milky Way known at the time. [146]

Physical Properties

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
Designations PN G216.0-00.2: A 18, PK 216-00.1, A55 13, ARO 224, VV' 50
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 06h 56m 14s
Declination (J2000.0) -02° 53' 08"
Dimensions 73." (optical)
C-Star Magnitude U: 20.46, B: 21.36, V: 20.90
Discoverer ABELL 1955

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Abell 18 is in the constellation Monoceros. It is best observed from October to March.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula Abell 18
Planetary Nebula Abell 18 in constellation Monoceros. 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°