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The past, present and future of Galactic planetary nebula surveys
Parker, Quentin A.; Frew, David J.; Acker, Agnes; Miszalski, Brent
AA( Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia ), AB( Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia ), AC( Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, 11 rue de l' Université, 67000 Strasbourg, France ), AD( South African Astronomical Observatory, P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa )
Planetary Nebulae: An Eye to the Future, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 283, p. 9-16
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Planetary nebulae: general, catalogs, surveys, infrared: stars, radio continuum: stars, ISM: general, Galaxy: evolution,
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(c) 2012: Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2012
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Over the last decade Galactic planetary nebula discoveries have entered a golden age due to the emergence of high sensitivity, high resolution narrow-band surveys of the Galactic plane. These have been coupled with access to complimentary, deep, multi-wavelength surveys across near-IR, mid-IR and radio regimes in particular from both ground-based and space-based telescopes. These have provided powerful diagnostic and discovery capabilities. In this review these advances are put in the context of what has gone before, what we are uncovering now and through the window of opportunity that awaits in the future. The astrophysical potential of this brief but key phase of late stage stellar evolution is finally being realised.

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