NGC 2371-2

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NGC 2371
A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of NGC 2371-2.
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 07h 25m 34.7s[1]
Declination +29° 29′ 25.6″[1]
Distance 4400 ly ly
Apparent magnitude (V) 13
Apparent dimensions (V) 44
Constellation Gemini
Designations NGC 2371,[1] NGC 2372[1]
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 2371-2 is a dual lobed planetary nebula located in the constellation Gemini. Visually, it appears like it could be two separate objects; therefore, two entries were given to the planetary nebula by William Herschel in the "New General Catalogue", so it may be referred to as NGC 2371, NGC 2372, or variations on this name.[1]


NGC 2371.jpg

At 13th magnitude, this nebula is well within the limits of most amateur telescopes. Like most planetary nebulae, this one responds well to both high magnification and narrow-band filters, especially an OIII emission filter. It is listed within the RASC's 110 Finest NGC List

How to find[edit]

NGC 2371-2 is in the Gemini constellation which is visible in the latitudes between +90° and −60°.This nebula is easy to find because it lies southwest of Castor. Start at Castor and use the two bright stars that form an equilateral triangle to the southwest as a guide to tell you which direction to sweep. The nebula lies between the widest pair of three 7th magnitude stars that lie in a straight line. This planetary nebula is located at a distance of 4400 light years.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "NGC 2371". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2007-04-20.

Coordinates: Sky map 07h 25m 34.7s, +29° 29′ 25.6″