NGC 6543 (Cat's Eye Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Draco
NGC 6543 is a Planetary Nebula in the Draco constellation. NGC 6543 is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere.
See also NGC 6543 rise and set times.
Given its visual magnitude of 9.01, NGC 6543 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
Photometric information of NGC 6543
The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 6543 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).
For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.
Apparent size of NGC 6543The following table reports NGC 6543 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 6543 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 6543
The image below is a photograph of NGC 6543 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 6543
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 6543 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 6543 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.
Rise ans set times of NGC 6543 from your location
NGC 6543 (Cat's Eye Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Draco is circumpolar and transits at 12:54 UTC (altitude: 74.8°)