Messier 1 (M 1) - Crab Nebula

Introduction | Map | Find/Identify | Sketch | My Best Own Photos | My Own Observations | References || Appendix: My Own Photos

On this page I collect my observations of the galactic emission nebula M 1 (Crab Nebula) in the constellation Taurus / Bull.

 

Introduction

Taurus / Bull is another constellation that I only knew by its name. Thanks to the Hyades (Mel 25), it has now become somewhat more familiar to me - at least its star Aldebaran, which glares conspicuously yellow (or golden). While the Hyades are at the center of Taurus, the galactic emission nebula M 1 (NGC 1952), also known as Crab Nebula, is located at its left end and slightly above the end star zeta Tauri. It is famous for being a supernova remnant from 1054.

Size: 5 'x 4' / 6' (Stoyan / Karkoschka)
Distance: 6,200 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: *** (Stoyan)

 

Map

M 1 (Crab Nebula) between Gemini / Twins and Taurus / Bull and below Elnath in Auriga (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

Find/Identify

Find: While the Hyades are at the center of Taurus, the galactic emission nebula M 1 (NGC 1952), also known as Crab Nebula, is located at its left end and slightly above the end star zeta Tauri (and nearly on the connecting line between zeta Tauri and Elnath). Whenever you see a faint glow in the eyepiece, you found M 1!

Identify: If the galactic emission nebula M 1 in the constellation Taurus was found in the way described above, it is also identified. (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

Sketch

The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com) provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch):

Sketch of the Crab Nebula by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

 

My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018)

         

M 1 (Taurus), post-processed and noise removed

 

Ditto,post-processed and noise removed

 

Ditto, post-processed and noise removed

eVscope (January 28, 2020; February 16, 2020)

         

M 1 - Jan 28, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Jan 28, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 13, 2020, processed

   

M 1 - Mar 13, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 22, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 22, 2020, processed

 

My Own Observations

Observations February 2017

Observations April 2018

Observations January-March 2020

 

References

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My Own Photos

Atik Infinity & Explorer 150PDS (April 6, 2018)

         

M 1 (Taurus), post-processed and noise removed

 

Ditto,post-processed and noise removed

 

Ditto, post-processed and noise removed

eVscope (January 28, 2020; February 16, 2020)

         

M 1 - Jan 28, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Jan 28, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 13, 2020, processed

   

M 1 - Mar 13, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 18, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 18, 2020, processed

   

M 1 - Mar 22, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 22, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 23, 2020, processed

   

M 1 - Mar 23, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 23, 2020, processed

 

M 1 - Mar 23, 2020, processed