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IRAS 09371 1212 Frosty Leo Nebula LEO RA 09 39 53 DEC 11 58 52 MAG 11 V Type Proto PN This bright Proto PN can be seen in most telescopes I have seen reports of it being observed in 6" and 8" scopes.
It is a very unique object and was found by the IRAS survey as a very cold object in the far IR. In 1987 Forvelle found it to have H2O ice crystals in the nebula from the spectrum.
He is the one who suggested the name Frosty Leo nebula for its being cold in far IR and for the H2O Ice crystals.
Hubble Image Frost Leo I have observed this peculiar nebula many times over the years with my old 25" and my 48" telescopes.
The images below look close to how it looks in the 48"and is close to the color that I see.
frost leo 1Frosty leo Let me know if you see the color in this unique icy nebula and , "GIVE IT A GO AND LET US KNOW" GOOD LUCK AND GREAT VIEWING!
Extremely interesting object Jimi, thanks for the cool OOTW. 27", 837x, fst 6m5 IRAS09371 1212Excellent drawing Uwe!
Last year I spent two nights with good to very good seeing and tried to separate the small but bright details. I see you used 837 X that is what I was talking about using high powers to see the faint detail in this object.
With 27" and 837x I could detect the two fainter lobes N and S and some detail around the inner part. I think that it is the best way to see the faint anse of this bipolar nebula. I looked at it twice last week on one night the seeing was bad and the color was not seen on the other night the seeing was average for here and the color was evident so I guess the color is seeing dependent.This surprisingly bright PN from CSOG: Observed it twice in 2011 in my 12" SCT: 3 May, from dark southern France: "Quite bright patch, even in brightness with a very bright central part or a very bright central star, very prominent.Just not stellar, although the nebula looks like a large, faint star. 12 star which is in the tip of an isosceles triangle of stars pointing SW with the base on the NNE side consisiting of two mag.12 stars in a line from NW to SE." 7 March, from light polluted Netherlands: "A small, slightly NW to SE elongated patch, just not stellar without use of averted vision, slightly larger and brighter when using averted vision, slightly more round (less elongated), pretty bright.