NGC 2392

The Eskimo Nebula

NGC 2392
The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392)

The Eskimo nebula is a fine object for each size of optical instrument. For this observation I’ve used an 11” SCT and have noticed the fine detailed structures within this planetary nebula for the first time – using averted vision, high magnification of 600x and an excellent UHC filter.


• Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392 / Caldwell 39) in Gemini

• Object Type: planetary nebula

• Location: Mechelen – Belgium (NELM 5.5)

• Date: 21st February 2014 – 21h37 UT

• Optics: Celestron CGEM C11 – ES82 4.7mm (600x) – Astronomik UHC filter

• Seeing: moderate, transparency good.

• Media: graphite pencil on white, scanned and inverted (GIMP2)

Observing notes:

Central star is easily direct visible within a round glow. Using averted vision a near-circular ring is clearly visible with some hints of variable brightness. The outer halo becomes gradually fainter and mottled using averted vision, containing some arc-like structures. Impressive view!

4 thoughts on “The Eskimo Nebula”

  1. Tom,

    An excellent and highly detailed observation of the Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) in Gemini. It is interesting to study the different visible layers within this beautiful planetary nebula. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


  2. Tom,

    This is a beautiful capture of the Eskimo Nebula. It is a real showpiece in the night sky this time of year.

    Frank 🙂

Leave a Reply