Near it, notice the little galaxy symbol labeled M108 and the planetary nebula M97
DIPPER DECO Near Beta ([beta]) Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper's bowl is the favorite northern combo at left: the galaxy M108 and the dim, round planetary nebula M97
, the Owl Nebula, 0.
One of the more difficult Messier objects, the planetary nebula M97
can be a tricky target from light polluted skies, and unless a large telescope is used it often appears as a faint grey disk with only the vaguest hints of any detail within.
Beware of the galaxies M109 and M108 and the planetary nebula M97
Situated about 21/4[degrees] southeast of Merak, Beta ([beta]) Ursae Majoris, the dim planetary nebula M97
earned the nickname Owl Nebula from a sketch made by Ireland's Lord Rosse in 1848 that depicted two dark, eyelike patches peering from a round face.