Basic object information
Object name: NGC 6302
Popular name: Bipolar Nebula
Object type: Planetary nebula
Magnitude: 9.6
Size: 1.5'
Magnitude of central star: 16.6
Object classification: 6
Description: pB,E pf
Notes: Bug or Bipolar Nebula;much flattened figure 8 shape

Catalog information
RA (J2000.0): 17h 13m 42.0s
Dec (J2000.0): -37 06' 00"

Constellation: Scorpius

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Pico de la Nieve (1540 m), La Palma, Spain
Date/Time: 3/4.4.2008 4:50

Telescope: Newton 110/805 mm

Magn: 230x


Field: 21'

NE Lim.mag: 6.7

Background sky: 2

Seeing: 3

Height: 20
Visuality: I
Weather: +9C, strong wind

Bipolar Nebula. A pretty bright galaxy-like object at first glance, but fairly sharp edges and fancy core tells that it's a planetary. Object's halo is highly elongated in W-E whereas core-area is NE-SW oriented.