Sharpless 2-054

Sharpless 2-054 is a large, faint HII region encasing open cluster NGC 6604. Simeiz 3-132 just north of the cluster is an interesting visual target, though the dark lanes seen on the DSS were not seen.

17.5" (7/17/01): picked up Simeiz 3-132 at 64x using a UHC filter as a moderately bright, 3'x2.5' glow, slightly elongated N-S. The eastern side appears to have a sharper edge. Also viewed at 220x unfiltered and a group of a half dozen mag 13-14 stars extended N-S in a string are superimposed near the eastern boundary. This is an obscure, but relatively easy nebula. - Steve Gottlieb