Planetary Nebula Abell 80

Abell 80
Abell 80: Planetary nebula in Lacerta; 500 mm Cassegrain f=3625 mm f/7.2; SBIG STL11K; 210+60+60+60 min LRGB; Bernese Highlands; © 2011 Radek Chromik


The planetary nebula Abell 80 (PN A55 66, PN A66 80, PK 102-5.1) was discovered in 1955 by the American astronomer George Ogden Abell on the photo plates of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS). In 1966 he published a list of a total of 86 planetary nebulae discovered on the POSS photo plates. Most of these 86 PNs discovered on the POSS photo plates are large and have a low surface brightness, which suggests that their stage of development is advanced. [331, 332]

Physical Properties

The PN is at a distance of 1752 pc. Visual brightness is not given in either Simbad or NED. SkySafari 6 gives 6 mag for this. [160]

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
DesignationsPN G102.8-05.0: A 80, PK 102-05.1, A55 66, ARO 375, VV' 565
Right Ascension (J2000.0)22h 34m 46s
Declination (J2000.0)+52° 26' 04"
Dimensions 135." (optical)
Expansion Velocity 18. km/s (O-III), 23. km/s (N-II)
C-Star DesignationsAG82 444
C-Star Magnitude18.40 mag (U filter), 19.38 mag (B filter), 19.61 mag (V filter)
DiscovererABELL 1955

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Abell 80 is located in the constellation Lacerta (Lizard). It is circumpolar in Central Europe, but the best time to observe it is May to December, when it is highest at night.

Chart Planetary Nebula Abell 80
Planetary Nebula Abell 80 in constellation Lacerta. Chart created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. [149, 160]

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141Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae; A. Acker, F. Ochsenbein, B. Stenholm, R. Tylenda, J. Marcout, C. Schohn; European Southern Observatory; ISBN 3-923524-41-2 (1992); (2021-02-18)
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
331«Globular Clusters and Planetary Nebulae Discovered on the National Geographic Society-Palomar Observatory Sky Survey» Abell, G. O.; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 67, No. 397, p.258-261, August 1955; DOI:10.1086/126815; Bibcode:1955PASP...67..258A
332«Properties of Some Old Planetary Nebulae» Abell, G. O.; Astrophysical Journal, vol. 144, p.259, April 1966; DOI:10.1086/148602; Bibcode:1966ApJ...144..259A