Barnard 34 lies about 1.5 degrees west of M37. Compared to some others I tried to locate earlier, including Barnard 5, this one was easy to spot. For a dark nebula. It appeared as a very soft hole in the Milky Way starlight behind it. The main body of the nebula covered about 1/4 to 1/3 of the view, which amounts to a span of 22′-30′. Bill Ferris came over for a look, and mentioned that he noticed a fan-like appearance to the left side, that I hadn’t noticed yet. After spending some time on it, I began to notice a couple dark spokes running to the northeast and east. The huge number of stars I wanted to plot really tested my patience. I was itching to shade in the Milky Way region around the nebula, but I did my best to keep a lid on it until the star framework was finished. The structures in the sketch can be compared with photography of the region that can be found here.
|Position*||Auriga [RA: 05:43:30 / Dec: +32:39:00]|
|Date/Time||February 24, 2006 – 9:30 PM
(February 25, 2006 – 04:30 UT)
|Observing Loc.||Cinder Hills Overlook, Sunset Crater National Monument, AZ|
|Instrument||Orion SVP 6LT Reflector (150 mm dia./1200 mm F/L)|
|Eyepieces/Mag.||32 mm (37.5X)|
|Transparency||Mag 6.8 NELM|
|Sources||SAC Best of Barnard’s Dark Nebulae List;
Barnard’s Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way
*Based on published data.