An improved database of ionized haloes around PNe has been built by adding the results of an extensive observational campaign to the data available in the literature. The new observations allowed us to discovered new haloes around CN 1-5, IC 2165, IC 2553, NGC 2792, NGC 2867, NGC 3918, NGC 5979, NGC 6578, PB 4, and possibly IC 1747.
The global sample consists of 29 AGB haloes, that are believed to still contain information about the mass loss from the AGB progenitor star. Six of these haloes show a highly asymmetrical geometry that is tentatively ascribed to the interaction of the stellar outflow with the ISM.
Another 5 PNe show candidate recombination haloes. These are produced by the recombination front that sets up when the stellar luminosity drops in its post-AGB evolution. The resulting, limb-brightened shell resembles a real AGB halo, but is not related to AGB any mass loss event.
Double AGB haloes are found in at least 4 PNe.
For 11 PNe, deep images are available, but no halo is found to a level of ≲ 10-3 the peak surface brightness of the inner nebula.
These observations show us that ionized haloes are a common morphological component of PNe, being found in 70% of elliptical PNe for which adequately deep images exist. Statistical properties of the haloes are briefly discussed. Using the kinematical ages of the haloes and inner nebulae, we conclude that most of the PNe with detected haloes have hydrogen burning central stars.