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Astron. Astrophys. 323, 963-965 (1997)

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Research Note

New faint planetary nebulae in Centaurus/Musca

R. Weinberger , F. Kerber and H. Gröbner

Institut für Astronomie der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria (ast7.uibk.ac.at)

Received 6 August 1996 / Accepted 20 January 1997


Three new galactic planetary nebula candidates were discovered as a byproduct of a systematic search for galaxies in a 100 [FORMULA] region around the nearby Circinus Galaxy. All candidates are very faint, close to the threshold of visibility on the ESO-R film copies. Optical spectra prove that the three sources are genuine planetaries. A short discussion of the spectra and the shapes of the nebulae is provided.

Key words: planetary nebulae: individual: WeKG 1, WeKG 2, WeKG 3 – planetary nebulae: general – surveys

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Online publication: May 26, 1998