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Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 2736, Pencil nebula 


Type Part of the vela supernova remnant 
Position  09 00.4, -45 54
Constellation Vela
Camera and Telescope STXL6303 and 36.8 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details Ha:OIII:OIII  with LRGB data.  About 31 hours total imaging time.  
Description NGC 2736 is known as the pencil nebula and is an outlying filament of the Vela supernova remnant the centre of which being some 4 degrees to the west.  It was discovered by John Herschel in 1834 and is sometimes called "Herschel's ray".