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This image shows the northernmost edge of the Veil Nebula complex, with the north part of Pickering's Triangle at the lower right. In the upper right of the image, just above a bright "plume" from the Veil, is a round ball with a row of three stars through its middle; this is planetary nebula Pa 27. This object is a very recent discovery, by Dana Patchick in 2013, and is included in this poster from a 2013 conference. Pa 27 is currently classified as a "likely planetary nebula" as it awaits final confirmation from spectroscopy.

That it is located in the sky so close to the spectacular Veil Nebula makes it especially interesting. Like Kn 61 (see image in this gallery) it is very dim; this image uses 4 hours of H-alpha and 5 hours of O-III to capture it. The red center it displays here is not an artifact, as there is red H-alpha emission near the center of the nebula but no O-III there. This is the first amateur image of Pa 27, and only the second image ever of this object, the first being the image taken with the 2.1-meter Kitt Peak telescope that is shown in the poster linked to above.

No information is currently available about the distance of Pa 27. Most likely it is not at the same distance as the Veil and therefore not physically related to it.