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Thread: Complete List of (real) Nebulae and Galaxies in Elite

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    Complete List of (real) Nebulae and Galaxies in Elite

    This is a growing list of all the REAL (i.e. not procedural) nebulae and galaxies found in game. We have found 141 nebulae and 32 external galaxies as of writing. The first table is the list of all nebulae visible in the sky from the bubble, with several sky charts (taken from Sol) indicating where they are. In the second table, the galaxies are listed, with links to real images, followed by sky charts of their locations in the sky taken from the game. The third table contains all other reachable nebulae, and the last table contains the unreachable ones. At the end is a list of some real Nebulae that are notably not in game. Distances are given, as well as if there is a central star to jump to for the smaller planetary nebulae. Every nebula has a real image and an in-game screen shot as well.

    *New list* Nebulae that are reachable only with jump mats!

    All contributions will be received with utmost gratitude!

    You can use this list to find interesting destinations, or just to help you put a name to the stuff you see in the sky. Just select them on the galmap and then there will be a circle around them in the skybox.

    Also, don't forget to check out:

    for more of the same, but including the procedural stuff too


    For all nebulae (and galaxies):

    • Click the Nebula Name for a link to a real image of the nebula
    • Click the Screenshot link for an in-game image


    Consider installing an extension/addon that gives you a preview of image links when you hover your mouse over it


    Visible from the bubble:

    Nebulae (21)

    *Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star

    Nebula Sky Charts



    And here is an amazing picture by CMDR Jovian Hull:

    Here is a panorama I made of the Milky Way while parked at Sol somewhere in Deep Space (right click and "Open Image in New Tab"):



    Galaxies

    Galaxies in Elite Discussion Thread: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=202295

    I have found 32 galaxies in total. I have done my best to try to identify them. I think I'm mostly accurate but could be wrong and am open to correction. For the 3 galaxies seen above the Milky Way in the western direction, I really struggled and I've made my best guesses, mainly based on the appearance rather than the position. I think the only galaxies that are at the correct distances on the galaxy map (based on parallax) are the Magellanic Clouds, I think the others are just put at infinite distance, even though some of them are quite a lot closer and should exhibit parallax.

    I took screenshots from the galaxy map and upped the brightness to make the galaxies more visible but some of them are really hard to see, and you will need to do the same to see them. Some I only found once I upped the brightness!

    The galaxy names in the table are hyperlinks to real images of them. The entry in the Direction column take you to my sky chart screenshot of the region of the sky they are in, with them labelled. Please add to this if you can!

    Name Other Designations Type Number of Stars* Direction Distance (ly)**
    Large Magellanic Cloud Nubecula Major Irr 20 billion Towards the Magellanic Clouds 158,200 Video
    Small Magellanic Cloud Nubecula Minor / NGC 292 Irr 3 billion Towards the Magellanic Clouds 199,000 Video
    Ursa Minor Dwarf2 E5 7 million West Up 200,000
    Sextans Dwarf Sextans I E4 25 million East Up 290,000
    Sculptor Dwarf ESO 351-30 E0 50 million Towards the Magellanic Clouds 290,000
    Carina Dwarf E3 35 million Towards the Magellanic Clouds 330,000
    Fornax Dwarf E4 130 million Towards the Magellanic Clouds 460,000
    Leo II DDO 93 E0 90 million East Up
    690,000
    Leo I DDO 74 E3 40 million East Up
    820,000
    NGC 6822 IC 4895 / MCG -2-50-6 / DDO 209 Irr 700 million North Down 1,600,000
    IC 10 UGC 192 / MCG 192 / IRAS 177+5900 Irr 160 million Above Andromeda 2,200,000
    IC 1613 UGC 668 / MCG 0-3-70 / DDO 8 Irr 2 billion Below Andromeda 2,380,000
    Andromeda I KK 8 E0 70 Million Below Andromeda 2,400,000
    Andromeda III KK 5 E6 8 Million Below Andromeda 2,440,000
    M32 NCG 221 / UGC 452 / MCG 7-2-15 E2 1 billion Below Andromeda 2,490,000 Video
    Andromeda M 31 / NGC 224 / UGC 454 / MCG 7-2-16 Sb ***1 trillion Below Andromeda 2,500,000 Video
    Cassiopeia 1 KK 19 Irr 6 billion Above Andromeda 2,550,000
    NGC 147 & NGC 185**** E5 / E3 1 billion Above Andromeda 2,580,000
    Leo A DDO 69 Irr 40 million East Up 2,600,000
    Triangulum M 33 / NGC 598 / UGC 1117 / MCG 5-4-69 Sc ***40 billion Below Andromeda 3,000,000 Video
    Pegasus Dwarf DDO 216 dIrr 50 million Below Andromeda 3,000,000
    WLM Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte / DDO 221 Irr 830 million Directly Down 3,000,000
    Aquarius Dwarf DDO 210 Irr 8 million North Down 3,200,000
    Sagittarius DIG ESO 594-4 Irr 40 million North Down 3,390,000
    Antlia Dwarf PGC 29194 E3 50 million East Up 4,000,000
    NGC 3109 ESO 499-36 / MCG -4-24-13 / UGCA 194 Sb 15 billion East Up 4,300,000
    Sextans A DDO 75 Irr 570 million East Up 4,310,000
    IC 5152 ESO 237-27 / AM 2159-513 / IRAS 21594-5132 Irr 1 billion Towards the Magellanic Clouds 5,800,000
    Andromeda IV Irr 600 million Below Andromeda 6,100,000
    NGC 404 UGC 718 / MCG 6-3-18 / ZWG 520.20 S0 900 million Below Andromeda 10,000,000
    NGC 69461 UGC 11597 / MCG 10-29-6 / ZWG 304.6 SBc 100 billion West Up 22,000,000
    NGC 69522 NGC 6951 / UGC 11604 / MCG 11-25-2 SBc 170 billion West Up 74,000,000
    IC 15021 UGC 12706 / UGC 12105 / MCG 13-1-2 Sa 7 billion West Up 82,000,000
    NGC 59851 UGC 9969 / MCG 10-22-30 / ZWG 297.25 SBb 1 trillion West Up 100,000,000
    NGC 67032 UGC 11356 / MCG 8-34-20 / ZWG 255.14 S0 110 billion West Up 106,000,000
    *Taken from Space Engine (not reliable, but probably good estimates)
    **Almost all distances taken from wikipedia. A few I had to find some papers or astronomy sites to get them from
    ***Taken from Wikipedia - check source there
    ****Physically paired galaxies
    1More likely to be correct of the two possibilities (see sky chart)
    2Less likely to be the correct one of the two possibilities (see sky chart)

    Abbreviations:

    Irr - irregular galaxy
    E# - elliptical galaxy
    S# - spiral galaxy
    SB# - spiral barred galaxy
    dIrr - dwarf irregular galaxy
    DIG - dwarf irregular galaxy
    NGC - New General Catalogue
    IC - Index Catalogue
    ESO - European Southern Observatory catalogue
    DDO - David Dunlap Observatory
    UGC - Uppsala General Catalogue
    MCG - Morphological Catalogue of Galaxies
    M - Messier object
    IRAS - Infrared Astronomical Satellite
    KK - ?
    ZWG - ?
    PCG - Principal Galaxies Catalogue
    UGCA - ?
    AM - ?
    WLM - Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte


    Galaxy Sky Charts

    The first is an example:
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    Here are the charts:

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    NOT Visible from the bubble:


    Reachable Nebulae (110)

    Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?* Video
    Struve's Lost Nebula 500 No Screenshot
    Scorpius Dark Region 500 - Screenshot
    Musca Dark Region 500 - Screenshot
    Hind Nebula 595 Yes Screenshot
    Scutum Dark Region 650 - Screenshot
    Helix Nebula 700 No Screenshot
    Eskimo Nebula 800 Yes Screenshot
    Pencil Nebula 815 No Screenshot
    NGC 1514 860 Yes Screenshot
    Fine Ring Nebula 1,000 Yes Screenshot
    IC 1287 1,000 Yes Screenshot
    Parrot's Head 1,000 - Screenshot
    Dumbbell Nebula 1,100 Yes Screenshot Video
    NGC 1333 1,100 - Screenshot
    Spirograph Nebula 1,100 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 1999 1,140 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 1360 1,145 Yes Screenshot
    Orion Nebula 1,300 - Screenshot Video
    Running Man Nebula 1,300 - Screenshot
    Messier 78 1,300 No Screenshot Video
    Ghost of Jupiter 1,400 Yes Screenshot
    Horsehead Dark Region 1,400 - Screenshot
    Cepheus Dark Region 1,400 - Screenshot
    Puppis Dark Region B 1,400 - Screenshot
    Flame Nebula 1,410 - Screenshot
    Veil Nebula West 1,470 - Screenshot
    Horsehead Nebula 1,500 - Screenshot
    Orion Dark Region 1,500 - Screenshot
    Iris Nebula 1,500 - Screenshot
    Puppis Dark Region 1,500 - Screenshot
    Flaming Star Nebula 1,700 No Screenshot
    IC 289 1,700 Yes Screenshot
    Spiral Planetary Nebula 1,780 Yes Screenshot
    Sadr Region 1,800 - Screenshot
    North America Nebula 1,900 - Screenshot
    Pelican Nebula 1,900 - Screenshot
    B352 1,900 - Screenshot
    Veil Nebula East 1,970 - Screenshot
    Eight burst Nebula 2,100 Yes Screenshot
    Ring Nebula 2,200 No Screenshot Video
    Cone Nebula 2,200 - Screenshot
    Cave Nebula 2,400 - Screenshot
    NGC 6884 2,500 Yes Screenshot
    Trifid of the North Nebula 2,600 No Screenshot
    Elephant's Trunk Nebula 2,650 - Screenshot
    NGC 7822 2,790 - Screenshot
    Fetus Nebula 2,900 Yes Screenshot
    Hubble's Variable Star 3,000 Yes Screenshot
    Blue Flash 3,000 Yes Screenshot
    IC 5117 3,000 Yes Screenshot
    Butterfly Nebula 3,000 Yes Screenshot
    Red Spider Nebula 3,000 - Screenshot
    Retina Nebula 3,000 Yes Screenshot
    Cocoon Nebula 3,200 - Screenshot
    NGC 2438 3,200 Yes Screenshot
    Bug Nebula 3,400 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 7027 3,400 Yes Screenshot
    Thor's Helmet 3,660 Yes Screenshot
    Seagull Nebula 3,770 - Screenshot
    NGC 7354 4,200 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6188 4,400 - Screenshot
    Lagoon Nebula 4,500 - Screenshot
    NGC 3699 4,500 Yes Screenshot
    Little Ghost Nebula 4,900 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6337 4,900 Yes Screenshot
    Jellyfish Nebula 4,990 - Screenshot
    Blue Planetary Nebula 5,000 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6804 5,000 Yes Screenshot
    Crescent Nebula 5,000 - Screenshot
    NGC 6852 5,000 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6781 5,100 Yes Screenshot
    Trifid Nebula 5,200 - Screenshot Video
    Rosette Nebula 5,300 - Screenshot
    Cat's Paw Nebula 5,500 - Screenshot
    Omega Nebula 5,500 - Screenshot Video
    NGC 7048 5,600 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 2440 5,700 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6803 5,700 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6565 5,900 Yes Screenshot
    Statue of Liberty Nebula 6,000 - Screenshot
    NGC 6842 6,000 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 7026 6,000 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6751 6,400 Yes Screenshot
    Monkey Head Nebula 6,400 - Screenshot
    NGC 6820 6,500 - Screenshot
    NGC 2899 6,500 Yes Screenshot
    Crab Nebula 7,000 - Screenshot Video
    NGC 1931 7,000 - Screenshot
    Eagle Nebula 7,000 - Screenshot Video
    Bubble Nebula 7,100 - Screenshot
    Heart and Soul Nebulae 7,400 - Screenshot
    IC 4634 7,500 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 281 8,000 - Screenshot
    NGC 5307 8,100 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6357 8,100 - Screenshot
    NGC 2792 8,200 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 5315 8,400 Yes Screenshot
    Eta Carina Nebula 9,000 - Screenshot
    NGC 7538 9,000 - Screenshot
    NGC 5979 9,000 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6886 9,000 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 3211 9,100 Yes Screenshot
    IC 5217 9,400 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 1491 10,000 - Screenshot
    NGC 6326 11,000 Yes Screenshot
    IC 4191 14,400 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 3199 15,000 - Screenshot
    Skull and Crossbones Nebula 15,000 - Screenshot
    IC 2621 15,500 Yes Screenshot
    G2 dustcloud 27,900 - Screenshot
    *Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star


    Reachable only with increased FSD range (2)

    Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?*
    Bow-Tie Nebula 3,500 Yes Screenshot
    Little Gem Nebula 6,000 Yes Screenshot
    *Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star
    **exact distance subject to confirmation


    Unreachable Nebulae (8)

    Name Distance from Sol (ly) Central Star?*
    Skull Nebula 1,600 No Screenshot
    M97, AKA Owl Nebula 2,200 Yes Screenshot Video
    Cat's Eye Nebula 3,270 No Screenshot
    Lemon Slice Nebula 4,500 Yes Screenshot
    Saturn Nebula 5,200 Yes Screenshot
    NGC 6210 5,300 Yes Screenshot
    Blue Snowball Nebula 5,500 Yes Screenshot
    White Eyed Pea 6,500 Yes Screenshot



    *Only applies to planetary nebulae - emission/reflection/diffuse nebulae generally have many central stars, and dark regions never have a central star


    Other Nebulae (not found in game as far as I can tell)



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    Updated with charts showing nebulae as well as other nebulae that aren't visible or don't exist

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    Absolutely brilliant! Not sure how I missed this topic.

    Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by 777Driver View Post (Source)
    Absolutely brilliant! Not sure how I missed this topic.

    Thanks!
    Probably because it was made in the last 48 hours You are most welcome!

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    Wouldn't it be nice if we could add filters to our windscreens that let us look at the sky in different wavelengths, since that'll be at least part of the reason why the real pictures are often much more impressive than the in game things...

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    Very nice! For some other real planetary nebulae see my posts starting at https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...=1#post2345275

    One little quibble is the coordinate system you've chosen. I'm not a fan of terms like coreward & rimward because they aren't really logical. After all, *every* direction along the galactic plane is rimward since you'll eventually end up at the rim . And once you've travelled 26k LY 'coreward' you are heading directly away from the core. I much prefer using NSWE when looking down from above the galaxy, partially at least because this reflects the default view in the ED galaxy map. So North is the direction from Sol towards Sag A*, South away from it, West to the left and East to the right. Up & down then suffice for the other two axes which is logical since they refer to the distance from the galactic plane. It's just a matter of preference really, but the one I describe is already in use in Erimus's Community Mapping project so it could get confusing to have multiple schemes in use.

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    About those unreachable ones....

    They have been confirmed as being unreachable?

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    Yes, I confirmed it. All of them are way too far from the nearest star.

    Allitnil, I get your point. I'll change it and also thanks for the nebula list, will add them when I get a chance

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    Great list! I have two named nebulae for it as well: there is the Blue Flash, a planetary nebula (NGC 6905), and the Skull and Crossbones nebula (NGC 2467) some 15000 ly out. Both are listed in-game with their nicknames. The latter is so long that system names are shortened to "Skull and Crossbones Neb. Sector".

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    Originally Posted by marx View Post (Source)
    Great list! I have two named nebulae for it as well: there is the Blue Flash, a planetary nebula (NGC 6905), and the Skull and Crossbones nebula (NGC 2467) some 15000 ly out. Both are listed in-game with their nicknames. The latter is so long that system names are shortened to "Skull and Crossbones Neb. Sector".
    Thanks for the Blue Flash. Skull is there under NGC 246 - bit confused now.

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    Originally Posted by drkaii View Post (Source)
    Thanks for the Blue Flash. Skull is there under NGC 246 - bit confused now.
    The Skull nebula is separate from the Skull and Crossbones nebula. NGC 246 and NGC 2467 too. A bit confusing, yeah, but they are in distinctly different places.

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    Seagull Nebula has a central star of BD-10 1848 [2656.38 : -159.16 : -2712.63]
    Thor's Helmet nebula has a central star of ALS 299 [ 2704.16 : -19.19 : -2469.28]

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    Originally Posted by marx View Post (Source)
    The Skull nebula is separate from the Skull and Crossbones nebula. NGC 246 and NGC 2467 too. A bit confusing, yeah, but they are in distinctly different places.
    Well you can see where I went wrong. I searched NGC 246 while looking for the Skull neb, and it brought me to the Skull and Crossbones nebula and I was like w/e
    Originally Posted by Zenith View Post (Source)
    Seagull Nebula has a central star of BD-10 1848 [2656.38 : -159.16 : -2712.63]
    Thor's Helmet nebula has a central star of ALS 299 [ 2704.16 : -19.19 : -2469.28]

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    Thanks, well spotted. Is the Seagull a Planetary Nebula? I'm not in game right now

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    Originally Posted by Agony_Aunt View Post (Source)
    About those unreachable ones....

    They have been confirmed as being unreachable?
    I tried going to the Cat's Eye Nebula and can confirm it is impossible. The jump range is something like 80ly between stars iirc.

    Great thread, drkaii.
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